Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally set out his governments “irreversible” roadmap for getting the UK out of lockdown.
Social media has been speculating for the past few days at what the PM would announce in his speech, with many pointing at club reopening in August. What we actually got was even better.
In a statement to Parliament today, the Prime Minister stated that “A wretched year would give way to a spring and a summer that will be very different and incomparably better“.
The Road Out
The easing of lockdown rules will take place in 4 key stages. Schools reopening on 8th March. From 29th March we’ll be permitted to gather outdoors in groups of up to 6 people. 12th April will see shops, hairdressers & outdoor attractions re-opening. On 17th May pubs, restaurants & cinemas opening for business.
What About Raves?
Here’s the bit you really want to know… From 21st June all remaining social distancing restrictions should hopefully be lifted allowing large events & nightclubs to re-open!! Roll on a summer of festivals & club nights!! We’d suggest securing your summer festival tickets ASAP as tickets have been selling at record speeds since the announcement. The Hospitality Weekend In The Woods event sold out extremely fast. You know those first few events are going to be extra special.
No word yet on when international travel will resume. That information will be released in a future statement, but we’re guessing Innovation In The Dam & Escape2 are looking to be pretty safe bets provided all goes to plan.
The Government have said that this roadmap out of lockdown is subject to 4 tests… So might not be as “irreversible” as Boris initially made out!!
Mr Johnson said: “Our decisions will be made on the latest data at every step, and we will be cautious about this approach so that we do not undo the progress we have achieved so far and the sacrifices each and every one of you has made to keep yourself and others safe.”
The 4 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
- The assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of concern.
Lets all keep our fingers crossed that we meet these 4 test and that we can enjoy a long overdue summer of festivals & club nights
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