THE PRIME MINISTER will today set out the ‘road map’ to easing lockdown restrictions in England.

Boris Johnson will outline his blueprint for relaxing the stringent measures in England to parliament amid warnings from scientists to act gradually and calls from Tory MPs to lift all legal restrictions by May.

Mr Johnson chaired a meeting of senior ministers on Sunday, known as the ‘Covid S’ committee to finalise the plans before it is signed off by the cabinet today.

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He will then unveil his plans to MPs in the Commons in the afternoon and is expected to lead a Downing Street press conference to the nation in the evening.

The PM has pledged to offer all adults in the UK the coronavirus vaccine by the end of July.

Mr Johnson has spent the past week considering all data on deaths, cases, hospital admissions and the effect of the vaccine rollout.

What we know so far:

  • March 8 has previously been earmarked as the date that children will be returning to the classrooms
  • Teachers, parents and pupils were promised two weeks’ notice (which is tomorrow)
  • Easing of lockdown will happen in stages
  • Non-essential retail shops will be prioritised
  • Hospitality venues could be the last to reopen  
  • The road map will confirm plans to allow care home residents to hold hands with a regular indoor visitor from March 8, and is expected to also detail an easing of restrictions on outdoor socialising within weeks.
  • Matt Hancock said the blueprint will provide guidance on summer holidays and the reopening of schools

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