What time is Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap announcement today, and what might be in it?

Boris Johnson is preparing to announce his "roadmap" out of England's lockdown that has been in place since Jan 5.  Despite the determination to keep the details under wraps, The Telegraph has been told that the roadmap will be divided into at least four “steps” or phases, spaced roughly a month apart and running until at least the end of June. A number of easements have already been signed off, including full reopening of schools, a limited resumption of care home visits indoors, socialising with one other person outdoors and the later mixing of two households in parks. Here is a look at how it might pan out. When will the announcement be made?  The roadmap out of restrictions is set to receive the official stamp of approval from the wider Cabinet before Mr Johnson unveils it to Parliament via a Commons statement at 3.30pm on Monday. He will then host a Downing Street press conference at 7pm. How is the Government approaching the easing of restrictions? Mr Johnson said his roadmap would include dates "if we possibly can", explaining they will likely be target dates "by which we hope we can do something at the earliest".   The lifting of lockdown will be gradual, spread over at least four months with social distancing rules and guidance to work from home remaining in the near term. There will be four different ‘stages’ of the reopening roadmap, and to progress through them four data ‘tests’ must be met, showing that vaccines are effective and hospitals are protected. Insiders have stressed that as part of the “cautious approach” to reopening, sufficient time is needed between each easement to assess the impact on infections. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said the Government "absolutely" wanted the current lockdown to be the last. What will reopen first? On Mar 8, all schools (both primary and secondary) will reopen in England, with children allowed to play sport when they attend. While schools argue the requirement to test all pupils when they first return makes the timeframe logistically difficult, a government source said: “The ambition has always been to make sure all kids go back at the same time.” The Telegraph can disclose that parents will be asked to test their secondary school children when they return to school, should plans be finalised between the Department for Education and union bosses. Parents will be provided with lateral flow tests to carry out the tests twice a week, with every pupil being tested upon return to school.  Also from that date, care home residents will be able to have a single visitor, who can come inside and hold hands after having a Covid-19 test and wearing protective equipment. People will also be allowed to meet one-one-one outside in public spaces to socialise, such as having a coffee on a park bench or a picnic, rather than just to exercise. The second key date in stage one is Mar 29. That will see the return of the ‘rule of six’, with six people from up to six different households able to meet outside. Alternatively, two households will be allowed to meet outside, even if together they are more than six people.  Organised outdoor sports will also be allowed to start again from Mar 29, meaning the return of weekend football or golf. This applies to both adults and children. Mar 29 is also the date the rules saying people must remain in their local area it expected to be dropped, meaning lengthy drives in one day to see someone outside are allowed. Read more: How can schools successfully reopen? What the UK can learn from other countries How is the rest of the roadmap looking? Stage two will likely begin in April, though details for the later stages remain unclear. This will likely include non-essential shops opening and outdoor serving for pubs and restaurants. But, The Telegraph understands, social distancing rules that say people should keep two metres apart when outside are likely to remain in place for "months". Stage three could start in May and see pubs and restaurants serve indoors or hairdressers open. Stage four in June could see staycations given the green lights. In a recent letter to Mr Johnson, the chief executive of the pub giant Young's, Patrick Dardis, said: "There is no reason why pubs cannot open in April, giving people back their liberty and their much-loved pub." But Dr Bharat Pankhania, senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter medical school, said talking about pubs reopening in April was "premature" and pub bosses needed to realise there was a danger of going "back to square one". What about holidays? Downing St said that the Government was doing "everything we can to make sure people can have a holiday this summer" but Mr Johnson and other ministers have repeatedly cautioned that it is too early to be certain about what people will be able to do regarding holidays. However, Mr Johnson announced that every person aged over 18 will have been offered a coronavirus vaccination by the end of July, raising hopes

What time is Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap announcement today, and what might be in it?

Boris Johnson is preparing to announce his "roadmap" out of England's lockdown that has been in place since Jan 5. 

Despite the determination to keep the details under wraps, The Telegraph has been told that the roadmap will be divided into at least four “steps” or phases, spaced roughly a month apart and running until at least the end of June.

A number of easements have already been signed off, including full reopening of schools, a limited resumption of care home visits indoors, socialising with one other person outdoors and the later mixing of two households in parks.

Here is a look at how it might pan out.

When will the announcement be made? 

The roadmap out of restrictions is set to receive the official stamp of approval from the wider Cabinet before Mr Johnson unveils it to Parliament via a Commons statement at 3.30pm on Monday.

He will then host a Downing Street press conference at 7pm.

How is the Government approaching the easing of restrictions?

Mr Johnson said his roadmap would include dates "if we possibly can", explaining they will likely be target dates "by which we hope we can do something at the earliest".  

The lifting of lockdown will be gradual, spread over at least four months with social distancing rules and guidance to work from home remaining in the near term.

There will be four different ‘stages’ of the reopening roadmap, and to progress through them four data ‘tests’ must be met, showing that vaccines are effective and hospitals are protected.

Insiders have stressed that as part of the “cautious approach” to reopening, sufficient time is needed between each easement to assess the impact on infections.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said the Government "absolutely" wanted the current lockdown to be the last.

What will reopen first?

On Mar 8, all schools (both primary and secondary) will reopen in England, with children allowed to play sport when they attend.

While schools argue the requirement to test all pupils when they first return makes the timeframe logistically difficult, a government source said: “The ambition has always been to make sure all kids go back at the same time.”

The Telegraph can disclose that parents will be asked to test their secondary school children when they return to school, should plans be finalised between the Department for Education and union bosses.

Parents will be provided with lateral flow tests to carry out the tests twice a week, with every pupil being tested upon return to school. 

Also from that date, care home residents will be able to have a single visitor, who can come inside and hold hands after having a Covid-19 test and wearing protective equipment.

People will also be allowed to meet one-one-one outside in public spaces to socialise, such as having a coffee on a park bench or a picnic, rather than just to exercise.

The second key date in stage one is Mar 29. That will see the return of the ‘rule of six’, with six people from up to six different households able to meet outside.

Alternatively, two households will be allowed to meet outside, even if together they are more than six people. 

Organised outdoor sports will also be allowed to start again from Mar 29, meaning the return of weekend football or golf. This applies to both adults and children.

Mar 29 is also the date the rules saying people must remain in their local area it expected to be dropped, meaning lengthy drives in one day to see someone outside are allowed.

Read more: How can schools successfully reopen? What the UK can learn from other countries

How is the rest of the roadmap looking?

Stage two will likely begin in April, though details for the later stages remain unclear. This will likely include non-essential shops opening and outdoor serving for pubs and restaurants.

But, The Telegraph understands, social distancing rules that say people should keep two metres apart when outside are likely to remain in place for "months".

Stage three could start in May and see pubs and restaurants serve indoors or hairdressers open. Stage four in June could see staycations given the green lights.

In a recent letter to Mr Johnson, the chief executive of the pub giant Young's, Patrick Dardis, said: "There is no reason why pubs cannot open in April, giving people back their liberty and their much-loved pub."

But Dr Bharat Pankhania, senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter medical school, said talking about pubs reopening in April was "premature" and pub bosses needed to realise there was a danger of going "back to square one".

What about holidays?

Downing St said that the Government was doing "everything we can to make sure people can have a holiday this summer" but Mr Johnson and other ministers have repeatedly cautioned that it is too early to be certain about what people will be able to do regarding holidays.

However, Mr Johnson announced that every person aged over 18 will have been offered a coronavirus vaccination by the end of July, raising hopes of foreign holidays by August.

The Save Future Travel Coalition, made up of 12 leading travel trade organisations, has said it is vital that the Government works with the industry to develop a roadmap to reopen travel.

The industry argues that a risk-based approach to travel, including a coordinated approach to vaccine certificates and use of passenger testing, will be critical in opening up the overseas travel market. 

It comes as research by the all party group on the future of aviation found that the UK economy will lose £18 billion if the current restrictions on international travel extend into the Summer.

Read more:  The underrated British cities you must discover in 2021 ​

When will be able to see family again?

From March 8, there will be changes to the care home visit rules, with each resident allowed to name one person to become a regular indoor visitor.

March 29 will see the return of the ‘rule of six’, with six people from up to six different households able to meet outside.

Alternatively, two households will be allowed to meet outside, even if together they are more than six people. That means outside family get-togethers can happen by Easter Sunday.

This is also the date the rules saying people must remain in their local area will be dropped, The Telegraph understands, meaning lengthy drives in one day to see someone outside are allowed.