Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that moving to the next stage of the roadmap out of lockdown was “fully justified” by the success of the vaccine rollout and the drop in cases and hospitalisations. He pledged that life will start returning to “some semblance of normality” in June, but urged the public to remain cautious and vigilant as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
So what can you do from Monday?
- Go shopping for clothes or browse a bookshop as non-essential retail reopens.
- Get your hair cut.
- Sit outside in a pub garden and have drinks or eat – but you don’t have to have a meal to go to the pub any longer. The rule of six will still apply here.
- Go to the gym or for a swim in an indoor pool.
- Go camping or book self-catering holiday accommodation for a staycation.
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Note that, in the final stage, some social distancing and face coverings will still be mandatory.
Before the fourth step, ministers will carry out a review into social distancing and other “long-term measures”.
These will be designed to reduce transmission, including the “one metre plus” rule and the wearing of face coverings.
They will also consider whether to lift the “work from home” guidance, which the government says people should continue to follow until the review has been completed.