Nine lock restrictions that could be lifted next week

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The Prime Minister has promised a “roadmap” to get out of the coronavirus blockage, of which he will hand over part of his speech to the nation on Sunday.

Details have already begun to emerge as to what this might include, with reports that the lifting of the isolation practices would involve three phases, with smaller stores opening in phase one, with some schools returning to phase two and hotels and leisure facilities reopening in phase Three.

Boris Johnson is likely to say that some restrictions will remain in place for the foreseeable future, while some may even start to be lifted on Monday.

Our sister newspaper My London has listed the nine most likely to be relaxed next week.



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1. An increase in outdoor activities may be authorized

Some suggest that one of the restrictions most likely to be relaxed in the first place is outdoor activities, as it is believed that there is less risk of COVID-19 being transmitted outside than outside. inside.

At the moment, you are allowed to go for a walk or a run, but it is suggested that you can do an unlimited outdoor exercise and maybe even a group exercise in the parks, as long as you maintain a social distance.


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2. Flexible opening hours of the supermarket on Sunday

There are suggestions that the Prime Minister may consider relaxing Sunday’s trade laws to help reduce queues for weekend supermarkets.

It is believed that this would also help to avoid overcrowding when people go to buy their groceries.



A queue outside a Tesco store, one of the retailers experiencing huge demand driven by storage and panic buying

3. Get out by car and picnic

According to a Mail on Sunday report, people could be allowed to go to the countryside and picnic with members of their own household, provided they stay within two meters of other groups.

The government did not comment on the Mail report, but ministers and scientists have repeatedly said that outdoor gatherings appear to be less risky than indoor gatherings.

4. Return to business possible for outdoor workplaces

As with outdoor exercise, working outdoors may be less likely to transmit coronavirus than indoors.

Construction sites have never been ordered to close under the watchful eye of the lockout – as long as two meters can be kept between workers – so the government should once again encourage people to return to work there.

5. Increase in public transport

Relaxing the restrictions will undoubtedly lead to more people on public transport.

To avoid overcrowding, the number of trains in circulation is likely to increase slowly.

New timetables will be introduced as planned in May, although the trains will not run immediately.

6. Local sports can return

While major sporting events and mass gatherings will be one of the last things allowed, some smaller sports may return – as long as spectators can stay outdoors.

7. Some cafes and stores may reopen

A number of high street chains have already started to reopen – like B&Q and Pret a Manger – but with very different measures in place.

Maybe more cafes will start to open, offering only takeout and only allowing a few customers at a time.

8. “Bubbles” of up to ten may be allowed

Rather than being confined to your home, the government may allow people to form a “bubble” of up to ten people.

This means that close friends and family members who do not live together could meet, even if it should be the same people day by day, week by week.

Reports indicate that the idea is being considered by the British government, so it may not take effect immediately.

9. Resumption of routine NHS services

The NHS has been adamant in insisting that people should see a doctor if necessary, and not worry about coming to A&E because of the coronavirus.

Some routine operations and fertility treatments have already been restored, with hospital patients having fallen for several weeks in a row.

It is not yet clear when other services will continue, but some that do not involve too much contact may resume soon.

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