Rule of Six back from March 29 as PM to scrap tiered local lockdowns for good
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Families will be allowed to meet outdoors in groups of six or less by the end of next month, Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Monday as he lays out plans to end lockdown for good
And he much-maligned tier system, which saw different parts of the country go through more or less severe coronavirus restrictions depending on local coronavirus infection rates, will play no part in the government's plan as it starts to bring England out of lockdown.
And the PM is expected to confirm as much in a speech to MPs in Parliament on Monday – where he is expected to announce that the first phase of lockdown easing will see schools reopen on March 8 and families able to reunite outdoors as soon as March 29.
Outdoor sports facilities will also reopen on that date, it is understood.
But shops, hairdressers and pubs are all expected to remain shuttered until mid April at the earliest.
Mr Johnson is expected to tell the Commons: "Today I'll be setting out a road map to bring us out of lockdown cautiously.
"Our priority has always been getting children back into school which we know is crucial for their education as well as their mental and physical wellbeing, and we will also be prioritising ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely.
"Our decisions will be made on the latest data at every step, and we will be cautious about this approach so that we do not undo the progress we have achieved so far and the sacrifices each and every one of you has made to keep yourself and others safe.
"We have therefore set four key tests which must be met before we can move through each step of the plan."
Hairdressers to stay closed until April as Boris Johnson gears up to ease lockdown
A key part of the government's plan is believed to be plans announced this weekend to offer every British adult a coronavirus vaccine by the end of July.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday that there will be "weeks between the steps" so ministers can "watch carefully" the impact of each relaxation of the restrictions.
Restrictions will be eased step-by-step across the whole of England at the same time, Downing Street has confirmed, due to the current uniform spread of the virus.
Number 10 said the blueprint would seek to balance the health needs with the social and economic impacts of lockdown.
For example, outdoor activities are set to be opened earlier than indoor ones, due to the reduced risk of spreading coronavirus outside.
Mr Johnson will chair a virtual meeting of the Cabinet on Monday morning to discuss the plan, and then unveil the details to Parliament in the afternoon.
He will then go on to hold a televised press conference at 7PM.
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- Boris Johnson
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