Lockdown changes could let Brits meet up outdoors in groups later this month
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Meeting mates outside will be Boris Johnson's first step in lifting England out of lockdown, according to reports.
Allowing the public to play sport once again is another priority in the easing of coronavirus restrictions as open-air contact is understood to be safer than indoors.
Outdoor activities will be allowed sooner than the re-opening of shops, pubs and restaurants, The Times has claimed.
We will have to wait until February 22 for the Prime Minister to reveal his road map out of lockdown but it is understood that change is scheduled to kick in on March 8.
From then school children are set to return to the classroom and sports like tennis and golf will be allowed, along with outdoor socialising in limited groups.
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Before shoppers are able to enter shop walls once again, outdoor markets are likely to be back in business and restaurants could get away with providing al-fresco dining.
One pub taps are turned back on Mr Johnson has allegedly ordered that the government does away with the former substantial meal rule as part of new simpler drinking rules.
The progress being made by the NHS roll out of the vaccine is on course to allow for a 'great unlocking' of coronavirus restrictions in May but rules will begin to relax from March 8, according to The Times.
Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown sceptics, with 70 Tory MPs, said: “Back-of-the-envelope calculations I did based on two million doses a week mean you could get the top nine priority groups, first doses, and the top four groups, second doses, all done by the end of May.
“So it seems to me by the time you get to the end of May, no later than that, you should be in a position to get rid of restrictions completely.
“But obviously it does depend on the rollout of the vaccine.”
University of East Anglia professor of medicine Paul Hunter said kids should be back in school earlier than March 8.
He said: “I think there could well be a case for opening schools sooner — I particularly think schools for children under 11 years of age, where the evidence that they contribute to the spread of the epidemic in the wider population is a lot lower.”
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