WHAT'S NEW - COVID 19 RESPONSE - SPRING 2021 Roadmap out of lockdown

COVID-19 | Roadmap out of lockdown

Boris Johnson has unveiled a plan to end lockdown restrictions in England by 21st June. 

The roadmap is aimed at giving clarity, time to plan as asked for and assurance that once places and venues are open, they stay open.

From 8th March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.

COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021: The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response Plan for Spring 2021’. The Guidance is here. 

The plan sets out the roadmap of the current lockdown for England and can be found here.  

However, before taking each step, the Government will review the latest data on the impact of the previous step against four tests. 

The Four Tests

1. The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.

2. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.

3. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.

4. Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.


The Four Steps

On the basis of the Government’s assessment of the current data against the four tests, Step 1 can proceed. Step 1 will start with schools on 8 March, and include some further limited changes on 29 March to allow families to meet outdoors as most schools break up for the Easter holidays. 

By the time Step 1 begins, those aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable (JCVI cohorts 1 to 4) will have received protection from their first dose of the vaccine.

Separate guidance is linked below for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.