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Covid lockdown roadmap: the key dates for when restrictions will end and what rules will change

This will be as close to normal as possible.

There will be no attendance limits on weddings and funerals.

Big venues that were unable to open last year, such as nightclubs, can finally reopen.

Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, said that coronavirus “certificates”, were being considered as a way of getting people back to larger events “in significant numbers” from Jun 21.

Many of the details for what can happen now is dependent on a number of reviews.

Four reviews

There are four reviews that have been commissioned that sit below the roadmap. They are designed to find answers that right now the Government feels it cannot give.

Each has a ‘complete by now’ date, meaning we know when to expect clarity but not what the review will decide or if it will lead to a change in the rules.

One review is looking at international travel. The review, published on Apr 5, said it was hoped it would be possible for people to take a summer holiday overseas this year but warned that it was “still too soon to know what is possible”.

The reopening of foreign travel could be delayed beyond the middle of May.

New regulations that passed with the review of coronavirus restrictions on Mar 25 include a provision to ban leaving the United Kingdom “without a reasonable excuse”, meaning those leaving the UK without a valid reason could face a £5,000 fine.

Exemptions include work, volunteering, studying, elite sports, legal obligations, medical reasons, care and assistance to vulnerable person, wedding of a close family member – but not going on holiday. Matt Hancock confirmed in an interview with Sky News on Mar 23 that this policy will come into force in the week of Mar 28.

A second review will look at social distancing measures. These include the keeping of two metres apart outside (or ‘one metre-plus’ inside), wearing face masks and being encouraged to work from home.

That review is due to report back before stage four, which is Jun 17. In other words, do not expect to be told to go back to work in an office until the summer at the earliest.

A third review will look at Covid vaccine certificates being used domestically. This is interesting as Government ministers had previously played down that possibility.

Boris Johnson denied on Apr 5 that the principle of Covid status checks was “un-British”, pointing to surgeons who have to undergo hepatitis-B jabs before being allowed to operate.

The Telegraph understands that Covid passport checks could be introduced at theatres, football matches, business conferences, wedding venues and even some workplaces.

But Covid passports might not be ready until the autumn, The Telegraph revealed on Apr 3.

The fourth review will look at large events. It will attempt to work out when it is safe for large events to be held again. It too will report back by step four, so Jun 17.

Pilots for big outdoor events will be allowed to take place in April.



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