BRITS have been in lockdown since late March after the Prime Minister announced restrictions to ease the spread of the virus.
But when will the lockdown be reviewed next and when can we expect the next announcement? Here’s what we know.
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When is the next lockdown review?
The 51-page document set out a three-phase strategy for gradually lifting the restrictions.
The government is obliged to review restrictions every three weeks since the lockdown began nine weeks ago on March 23.
The last review was on May 7 and the PM made some changes to those rules three days later on May 10.
The next update is due on Thursday, May 28.
Any changes announced are likely to be enforced a few days after.
What can we expect from the next announcement?
The next review will examine whether the changes in the last review were effective and will consider easing more lockdown restrictions.
During his announcement of lockdown changes on May 7, Boris Johnson said that the next phase of changes would not be made before June 1 and only if certain safety conditions were met.
There are a number of possible changes that could be included in the next review, some regarding public transport and schools.
These changes might include:
- Schools – The government is expecting pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return to school from June 1. Pupils will return to school in smaller groups to adhere to social distancing measures. Further announcements are expected about other ages groups.
- Public Transport – The government could announce the opening of more stations or bus routes particularly in the cities.
- Sport and Leisure – Sports and cultural events could be allowed to take place behind closed doors and broadcast.
- Retail – Non-essential retailers can reopen from June 1. The government is set to release guidance to business owners on how they can reopen and when it will be safe to do so.
What restrictions are currently in place?
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work – but only if you cannot work from home
- If you go out, stay two metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Unlimited exercise is permitted outside.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- You can go out and meet up with one other person outside of your household, but remain social distanced
All those in England must comply with these measures.
The police have been given the powers to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.
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Cops can issue on-the-spot fines of £60 for meeting without good reason.
The fine can be halved to £30 if paid swiftly and repeat offenders will be hit by a doubling of the fine each time.
Brits have not had as many restrictions enforced upon them as many other European countries.
When did lockdown start?
Social distancing rules are expected to remain in place beyond June despite lockdown restrictions being slowly lifted.
But some measures could yet be tightened in areas where infections are rising under a “whack-a-mole” strategy.
The new plans could lead to even stricter restrictions being imposed on areas such as care homes, prisons or whole towns.
Although Mr Johnson wants the country to fall into step, with restrictions being lifted gradually at the same pace nationwide, officials in Scotland and Northern Ireland have started to unveil their strategies.
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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce that Scotland is moving into Phase 1 of easing lockdown from May 28.
And in Northern Ireland groups of up to six people from different households were able to meet outdoors from May 19.
At the beginning of May worried Brits revealed they didn’t want the lockdown lifted yet, with fewer than one in five supporting the reopening of schools, restaurants, stadiums and pubs.
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