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23rd February 2021, 18:23

UK roadmap out of Covid restrictions unveiled but no decision on international travel until 17th May

Boris Johnson is not expected to make a decision on easing restrictions on international travel until mid-May at the earliest.

The Prime Minister has laid out the UK’s roadmap towards lifting Covid restrictions in four stages between the 8th March and the 21st June. Each will have a minimum of five weeks in between.

In answer to GBC questions regarding restrictions on travelling to Gibraltar, Number Six said a decision on whether or not to relax measures will be taken at a meeting of Platinum Command tomorrow.

Stage one of the UK's roadmap to normality is on the 8th of March. On this day, schools will re-open and two people will be allowed to meet outdoors. Some universities will also open.

Then, as from the 29th March, outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed and outdoor sports can resume.

Stage two will fall after Easter on the 12th April. This is when outdoor hospitality such as pubs and restaurants will re-open, for seated service only. Non-essential shops, hairdressers and gyms are also set to re-open their doors.

Stage Three will start on the 17th May, with most social contact rules lifted, as well as limited mixing indoors. Indoor venues such as restaurants, hotels, museums and cinemas will be able to welcome clients back inside, while outdoor sporting venues can also re-open with limited capacity for spectators, depending on the size of the venue.

The 21’st of June is hoped to be the final stage of unlocking, and the end of all legal limits on Social contact.

However, Downing Street has stressed that the route to unlocking will be guided by ‘data rather than dates’.

Meanwhile the travel industry will have to wait until the 17th May to find out when the ban on non-essential international travel will be lifted.