LONDON – Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm on Monday that schools in England will reopen on 8 March and people will be allowed to socialize externally on 29 March, following a nationwide lockout The long-awaited reopening is the first step in the plan. Indicated by a highly infectious version of the coronavirus.
Mr. Johnson’s “road map” aims to bring a tired country back to normal after a brief period in which infections skyrocket, overflowing with patients in hospitals, and deaths surpass 100,000. At the same time, Britain began a remarkably successful vaccination program, with 17 million people given the first dose.
That milestone, combined with new cases and declining hospital admissions, paved the way for Mr. Johnson’s announcement. But the Prime Minister has repeatedly emphasized that he plans to move slowly towards reopening the economy, adding that he wanted this lockout to be suffered by the last nation.
Under the government’s plan, pubs, restaurants, retail shops and gyms in England will remain closed for at least one more month – meaning that as a practical matter, daily life will not change much for millions.
“Our decisions will be made on the latest figures at every step,” Mr. Johnson said in remarks released by his office Sunday evening, “and we will be vigilant about this approach so that we do not undo the progress made so far.”
The specific timetable will hinge on four factors: the continued success of the vaccine rollout; Vaccines that are reducing hospital admissions and deaths; There is no new upsurge in transition rates that will tax healthcare; And there is no sudden threat from new variants of the virus.
Mr Johnson is scheduled to present the Parliament’s plan with the nation on Monday afternoon and at an evening news conference, with data expected to show how the vaccination program has affected the spread of the virus. This will end the days of speculation.
But this is probably a new round of debate as to whether the government is reducing sanctions faster.
Pubs and restaurants are not likely to be allowed to offer indoor service until May and are not allowed to participate in sporting events before June, with some members of Mr Johnson’s Conservative Party to lift the measures more quickly There is a possibility of reviving its pressure campaign.
However, Mr. Johnson is determined to avoid re-opening his messy economy last May after the first phase of the epidemic. The government’s message was muddled – workers were urged to return to their offices, but refrain from using public transport – and some initiatives – such as subsidizing restaurant food to promote the hospitality industry – in the blind. Look careless
By November, matters were climbing again, and the government reluctantly announced another lockdown. Before Christmas the Britons went through mixed signs when Mr. Johnson resolved to relax the restrictions, so that families could celebrate together, only to be pulled back amid a new surge in transitions.
In January, after a version was first discovered in Kent in southeastern England, spreading like wildfire through the country, Mr. Johnson soon imposed an even tougher nationwide clampdown, calling people to stay home Ordered, excluding required activities. Schools that were closed again after the holiday were closed again.
On Monday, Mr. Johnson will at least address that issue.
“Our priority has always been to bring children back to school, which we know is important for their education as well as their mental and physical well-being,” he said in comments released by his office. “We will also prioritize people to reunite with loved ones in a safe manner.”