The Telegraph

‘Stay at home’ to be scrapped as Boris Johnson unveils route to normality

Boris Johnson will announce that the ‘stay at home’ rule will be scrapped next month, as outdoor sports return and families can finally meet in gardens. Revealing his long-awaited reopening “road map”, the Prime Minister will say school sports will be allowed when children return to classrooms on Mar 8 and all organised outdoor sport will be permitted from March 29. Guidance telling people to stay at home and in their local area will also lift on March 29, The Telegraph understands, with groups of six or two households able to meet outside from that date. However, the lifting of lockdown will be gradual, spread over at least four months with social distancing rules and guidance to work from home remaining in the near term. There will be four different ‘stages’ of the reopening roadmap, and to progress through them four data ‘tests’ must be met, showing that vaccines are effective and hospitals are protected. Mr Johnson said: “Our priority has always been getting children back into school which we know is crucial for their education as well as their mental and physical wellbeing, and we will also be prioritising ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely.” The roadmap was signed off by key cabinet ministers on Sunday. It will go to the full Cabinet on Monday, with Parliament informed around 3.30pm and a press conference around 7pm. The document, close to 60 pages long, will outline four stages for reopening which roughly correspond to the months of March, April, May and June.

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