Lockdown has kept millions of people under strict measures since January this year. Much like the first in 2020, people cannot meet in groups, go shopping or visit friends in hospitality settings. As such, everyone is anxious to leave the vice grip imposed by the latest measures.
When will lockdown end?
Boris Johnson said he would draw an “irreversible” plan to prize the country from the grips if lockdown.
If he gets his way, the current restrictions will be the last imposed by his Government.
But to get there in the first place, ministers will have to meet a selection of criteria.
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Back in January, Matt Hancock announced criteria which would guide the Government’s hand.
At the time, he told MPs they would use four different determining factors in their decisions.
Mr Hancock said: “Those are, that there isn’t another major, new variant that is causing difficulties.
“The vaccination program is working, and the number of hospitalisations and deaths is coming down.”
Outdoor recreation is next on the priority list, allowing people from different households to meet in public.
Non-essential shops could reopen not long after, including cafes.
Customers may be able to enjoy a coffee outside, with pubs, restaurants and cafes last to welcome people back.
The plan may not sit well with Tory MPs, many of whom want all restrictions eased by April this year.