Boris Johnson’s Four-step Plan to Get England Out of Lockdown By Summer

Jacob Nguyen

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has set up an action plan to pull England out of the quarantine. Since Jan. 4, the country has been under a national lockdown after a new transmissible variant of Coronavirus was discovered in southeast England. 

England’s government is hoping that by the end of June, most of the economy will be open. On Monday, he announced a plan that he said would be subject to change along with the data that is released. Johnson says, “This roadmap should be cautious but also irreversible.” 

The speed at which the UK leaves the lockdown can be determined by the four keys. The vaccine rollout, vaccine effectiveness, infection rates and coronavirus variants.

Johnson told lawmakers that step one would be taking place on Mar. 8, where schools across the country begin reopening. However, this would be followed by a return of limited outdoor interaction, such as sitting on a bench with another person. The Prime Minister said that the country will be taking five weeks between each measure to gather data and to alert the public on how they will move forward. 

The second step will take place no earlier than April 12, will see the return of non-essential retail businesses. These include hairdressers, gyms, museums, zoos and theme parks. Social distancing rules will remain the same for indoor house holds, this means that homes can only be attended by members of their own household.

The third step,that would not take place before May. 17, will remove most social distancing rules. If things go well, personal life events like weddings will have no limitations. 

As of Monday, 17.5 million people in the UK have received their first doses of vaccination, a rate that continues to increase. Scientific research has shown that vaccinations lower the risk of hospitalizations by around 94 percent. The plan, while welcomed by most, will be a slow and steady process that may be met by resistance by lawmakers when they come before a vote in Parliament.