The British Prime Minister has announced a roadmap that could see most COVID restrictions lifted by June at the earliest.
Boris Johnson has set out a series of dates for when life could return to normal in England.
The plan will see shops, hairdressers and beer gardens re-open from April 12th – with pubs and restaurants opening as early as May 17th.
And at the very earliest their hope is to lift all restrictions by June 21st.
Here at home the cabinet sub-committee on COVID will meet this evening to update the living with COVID document ahead of a full cabinet meeting tomorrow.
It’s expected to be more cautious than the UK document as our vaccination programme lags behind.
Schools will return on a phased basis from March 1st, with discussions with education partners continuing today.
But it’s expected to be May before retail services re-open with very limited easing of restrictions between now and then.
The COVID unemployment payments will be extended to June, in a signal that the government doesn’t expect everyone will be allowed back to work before then.