People Hopeful Of 'Best Summer Ever' After Boris Johnson's Roadmap Announcement

Ruben Hill
February 26, 2021

The country has been in full national lockdown since January 4 after new variants of coronavirus were found inside parts of England that expedited the spread of the virus and was thought to be more risky.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his road map that will take the country out of lockdown and back to normality - but it's not all good news for single people.

Johnson said the government's plan would move the country "cautiously but irreversibly" out of lockdown.

The Balearic Islands' Minister for Tourism, Iago Negueruela, told Telegraph Travel: "The Balearic Islands has proposed to Spain's central government that the archipelago becomes one of the first places where the vaccine passport is trialled".

Having insisted that he will be led by "data not dates", the Prime Minister expressed optimism that relaxations will be complete by June 21, as tentatively scheduled in his road map, when nightclubs could reopen and large-scale events resume.

"Genuinely, because of the huge possibilities of the rollout, because science has given us this way of creating a shield around our population, we can really look at that June 21 date with some optimism".

Johnson said Tuesday that "there are deep and complex issues that we need to explore" before making a decision.

"We can't be discriminatory against people who for whatever reason can't have the vaccine", Mr Johnson said, at Sedgehill Academy, in Lewisham, south-east London.

"We are in a not very good position, which is getting better", the government's top science adviser Patrick Vallance told reporters. But it's absolutely on all of us to come forward and get the vaccine.

Global travel from England will be banned until May 17 at the earliest, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday as he set out a four-stage easing of England's latest Covid-19 restrictions.

She said the stay-at-home order is expected to be lifted from April 5, with a phased reopening of the economy hoped to start on April 26 and to be separated by at least three weeks.

But she said she did not want to give "arbitrary" dates, stopping short of giving the level of detail Mr Johnson did, and plans to set out more in mid-March.

From March 8, schools will reopen and you can meet one other person outdoors.

The Prime Minister will also announce that as of March 29, as schools go on their Easter holiday, further restrictions on social interactions will be lifted, allowing groups of six to meet outdoors and entire households to socialise.

The government says progress on easing restrictions will depend on vaccines proving effective at lowering hospitalisation and deaths, infection rates remaining low and no new virus variants emerging that throw the plans into disarray.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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