From 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift as the government announced its four-step roadmap to offer a route back to a more normal life.
The roadmap, which has now been published on gov.uk, outlines four steps for easing restrictions.
Before proceeding to the next step, the Government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps and this assessment will be based on four tests:
- The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
- Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
- Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
- Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.
There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.
Find out more what these 4 steps mean for you here - COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (Summary) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)