BRITS have been in lockdown since March 21 after Boris Johnson first announced wide-ranging restrictions on March 20.
The Prime Minister will address the nation on Sunday, May 10, to explain a “road map” of how current restrictions will be lifted gradually at the same pace nationwide – starting towards the end of May.
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When is lockdown being reviewed again?
The Government was due to formally review the lockdown measures on Thursday, May 7.
But Mr Johnson is now expected to unveil the exit plan on Sunday, May 10.
Appearing at his first press conference since his own fight with the deadly illness, he said Britain is now "past the peak" of the virus and revealed an exit plan will be unveiled.
He said: "We will be setting out comprehensive plans next week to explain how we can get our economy moving, how we can get our children back to school, back into childcare, and how we can travel to work and make life in the workplace safe."
The PM said Britain must "keep going" for now – and prepared to extend the shutdown into June.
This is despite economic pressures as the UK face their worst slump in history.
But Mr Johnson says he believes Britain will come "charging back" once the lockdown is over.
Dominic Raab, who stood in for the Prime Minister when Mr Johnson was hospitalised with coronavirus, extended the initial three-week lockdown on Thursday, April 16.
What can we expect in the next review?
Brits will all be eager to hear what the Government has to say regarding the lockdown when they review the current measures.
Among those high on the list will be whether the restrictions will be relaxed.
Here's what could be covered during the speech on Sunday, May 10:
- Brits are set to be told to wear masks on public transport and at work
- Updates on when schools could finally reopen
- Which type of workplace can open first
- Plans for those currently among the vulnerable, as well as anyone over the age of 70
- How we'll keep the "R rate" – or rate of transmission – low
- A financial update on how the lockdown is affecting the economy
- What the future of shopping could look like
What are the current restrictions?
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work – but only if you cannot work from home
- If you go out, stay two metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Do not meet others, even friends or family
Boris Johnson has ordered people only to leave their homes under a list of "very limited purposes", banned public gatherings of more than two people and ordered the closure of non-essential shops.
All Brits must comply with these measures.
The police have been given the powers to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.
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Cops can issue on-the-spot fines of £60 for meeting without good reason.
The fine can be halved to £30 if paid swiftly and repeat offenders will be hit by a doubling of the fine each time.
Brits have not had as many restrictions enforced upon them as many other European countries.
Citizens required special permits to be allowed to leave their houses in Spain, France, Italy, and Germany, although restrictions are being eased across Europe.
But Germans face having to return to tighter lockdown restrictions after a rise in cases.
When did lockdown start?
On 20 March, 2020, Boris Johnson announced a partial, three-week-long lockdown, telling Brits to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Lockdown restrictions could last until June, while social distancing rules are expected to remain in place beyond that.
But some measures could yet be tightened in areas where infections are rising under a "whack-a-mole" strategy.
The new plans could lead to even stricter restrictions being imposed on areas such as care homes, prisons or whole towns.
Michael Gove confirmed this approach on Sunday, May 3, telling the daily coronavirus briefing at No10: “It is important that we make clear that any approach we take is staged."
And although Mr Johnson wants the country to fall into step, with restrictions being lifted gradually at the same pace nationwide, officials in Scotland and Ireland have started to unveil their strategies.
Ireland's five-step plan to get out of lockdown
Ireland has announced it will begin easing restrictions on May 18.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that Ireland will begin the first of five phases in late May.
The easing will begin with small social gatherings, funerals and outdoor activities.
By August the Irish will be able to go to pubs and small festivals again.
The key part of the plan is social distancing, which will be implemented throughout each of the stages.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has readied residents for another month of lockdown.
Ms Sturgeon said: “I have to be straight with you, it may very well be too early, even this time next week, in any meaningful way, to safely lift any of the current restrictions.”
And Boris Johnson wants Britain to be back at work from Tuesday, May 26 – as long as coronavirus cases are low enough.
But worried Brits don't want the lockdown lifted yet, with fewer than one in five supporting the reopening of schools, restaurants, stadiums and pubs.
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