UNLOCKING BRITAIN: ROADMAP REVEALED BY BORIS AND IT’S BETTER THAN WE THOUGHT!

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Boris Johnson has revealed his plan to unlock the country and start returning life to normal, but with no tier system in place this time around it means the Isle of Wight will not benefit from lesser restrictions compared to the mainland.

Previously, the Island was under Tier 1 restrictions which meant life was almost normal for 140,000 Islanders. However, the Prime Minister has this afternoon (Monday) laid out a national approach to easing the lockdown restrictions which have been in force since 5th January. For the Isle of Wight, restrictions ramped up from Tier 1 to Tier 4 very quickly at Christmas.

The hard-hitting ‘stay at home’ order is being scrapped next month with children returning to school on 8th March and later in the month, the Rule of 6 will make a return. This means for the first time since Christmas families and friends will be able to legally meet. However, Boris’ 4-step plan means restrictions will still be in place as we go into June but there are hopes of normality from July onwards when all UK adults will have been offered a vaccine.

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2-metre social distancing and the Rule of 6 are expected to remain in place throughout the Summer, which could spell disaster for many of the Island’s events. However, there is some positive news… Islanders will be able to mix indoors with different households from 17th May, which is much sooner than thought.

Key dates you need to know

8th March – Schools to return – all children but secondary school children to wear face masks in classrooms
8th March – 2 adults can socialise outdoors in a public place, not just for exercise
29th March – Rule of 6 reintroduced with ability to meet in gardens (no restriction of numbers if 2 households)
29th March – Restrictions on local travel lifted meaning day trips can resume but accommodation to remain closed
29th March – Outside sports such as tennis and golf to make a return alongside organised sport such as football
12th April – Non-essential retail to re-open, such as hairdressers and beauty salons plus outdoor areas in hospitality venues
• 12th April – Pubs to re-open but only allowed to serve outdoors in beer gardens etc.
12th April – Libraries, museums, zoos and theme parks allowed to re-open
12th April – Self-contained accommodation such as Airbnb’s allowed to reopen (same household only)
12th April – Funerals permitted with up to 30 people, wakes of 15 and weddings of 15 people
• 17th May – All pubs, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs allowed to re-open
17th May – Different households can mix indoors according to the Rule of 6
17th May – Cinemas to re-open plus other indoor entertainment such as children’s play areas, exercise classes
17th May – Sports stadiums re-open at 25% capacity, indoor arenas to open at 50% capacity (or 1,000 people)
• 17th May – Most social contact restrictions outdoors removed but no groups of more than 30
• 17th May – Weddings, funerals, wake and wedding receptions for up to 30 people permitted
17th May – Foreign holidays banned – no international travel before this date
21st June – All legal limits on social contact removed
21st June – Music festivals and other large events  be permitted, possibly with mass testing (provisional)
21st June – Everything re-opens including nightclubs but weddings may still be limited

However, the roadmap out of lockdown is conditional on COVID cases, hospitalisations and deaths all falling and the number of vaccinations going up. The Government’s ace card is the ability to stop lifting lockdown if a new variant is discovered, meaning millions of people are once again left in limbo as to whether life will actually return to normal in 2021.

Isle of Wight Festival looks unlikely to go ahead on 17th June as it is before the 21st June Step 4 date

Top scientists have said today that some restrictions may be required into 2022, which could include social distancing. However, the Government hopes to review the 1m+ social distancing rule, mandatory face coverings rule and the work from home encouragement by 21st June.

If everything goes according to plan, non-essential retail businesses and pubs will be given final confirmation of re-opening around 5th April, to give preparation time for opening the doors around 12th April.

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Boris Johnson will address the nation on television at 19:00 this evening. During this address, he will confirm the above dates and issue a call to the country to keep following the rules, despite the improving picture.

Ahead of that national briefing, Boris Johnson has said:

“Our priority has always been getting children back into school which we know is crucial for their education as well as their mental and physical wellbeing, and we will also be prioritising ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely.

“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.”

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Level Phil
Level Phil
2 days ago

So from April 12th we can go into a gym, but we have to wait until 17th May to get in a pub or restaurant. Ridiculous.

NHS worker
NHS worker
Reply to  Level Phil
2 days ago

Yes you can keep fit and exercise in a gym
but oh no you can’t go to the pub how will people survive

Level Phil
Level Phil
Reply to  NHS worker
2 days ago

You can keep fit and exercise without going to a gym. In a gym, people will be breathing heavily and sweating all over the place, uncontrolled – an ideal environment to pick up germs. In a pub or restaurant, you will strictly socially distance and wear a mask other than when seated 2 metres from anyone else.

IOWter
IOWter
Reply to  Level Phil
2 days ago

What and drunk people are the most sensible people going are they? People coming over from the mainland and going into pubs whilst we were in tier 1 just before christmas was a contributing factor into the very high rise in cases over here in the first place.

Level Phil
Level Phil
Reply to  IOWter
2 days ago

I did not instigate the stupid tier system. That was another government cock up. Personally, I can go to pubs and restaurants without getting Brahms and Liszt. If the distancing rules are observed and enforced, they are safe places to visit, more than a gym could ever be.

David
David
Reply to  Level Phil
1 day ago

I was a member of a gym before it all went back to lockdown and will be going back as soon as I can. Entry numbers were limited to the amount that the available space was able to cope with, there was plenty of room, time slots were booked in advance and controlled by the staff and the whole area was cleared for 15 minutes at the end of the session for all equipment to be cleaned and disinfected. Don’t make comments about things you have not experienced.

Me me
Me me
Reply to  Level Phil
1 day ago

I’m sure you can wait a bit it won’t hurt back to mayhem soon

Gullible Islander
Gullible Islander
Reply to  Level Phil
2 days ago

Blimey what pub do you drink in
No laughing, no shouting or singing out loud, no smokers going outside then coming back in, touching door handles then coughing everywhere. Nobody drunk and not washing their hands after the 10th trip to the loo, no queues to the toilet while people are shouting ” hurry up” while stood less than a foot away from the next person.
Everyone social distancing and not banging into you drunk or trying to start a fight.
You’ve got it so lucky in your local LP not to have anybody move from their seat unless they put their hand up to go to the toilet one by one.

Jolly Roger
Jolly Roger
Reply to  Gullible Islander
1 day ago

Sounds like your talking about La Babalu nightclub Ryde! Somebody puked on my coat there in 1976 – it wasn’t you, was it.?

Gullible Islander
Gullible Islander
Reply to  Jolly Roger
1 day ago

Awww bless you, I hope your keeping warm and safe inside.
We must look after the elderly and don’t worry you can start up bowls again at the end of March.

Bennymew
Bennymew
Reply to  Jolly Roger
1 day ago

remember that and no it wasn’t me!

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Level Phil
2 days ago

Been so nice walking the dog at night with the pubs closed.

IOWter
IOWter
Reply to  Tom
2 days ago

Completely agree, been nice and quiet friday and saturday nights especially.

Know it all
Know it all
Reply to  Level Phil
2 days ago

Yea you should wait till 17th June. not all over each other in the gym.

Gullible Islander
Gullible Islander
Reply to  Level Phil
2 days ago

Sounds like you’ve got it bad LP.
Maybe booking yourself into AA might be a good idea.

Rebel
Rebel
Reply to  Level Phil
1 day ago

it doesn’t make sense

Ed Down
Ed Down
Reply to  Level Phil
1 day ago

Yes people that are breathless and not feeling very well don’t really go to the gym ……… Might go to the pub though

Ethan Rifles
Ethan Rifles
2 days ago

Problem for John Giddings..

The oracle
The oracle
Reply to  Ethan Rifles
1 day ago

Hopefully.! We don’t want his festival.

Micky
Micky
Reply to  Ethan Rifles
1 day ago

Not really, just move it to another date. It will be you wait and see.

plato
plato
2 days ago

Removing restrictions based on some speculated arbitrary date in the future is stupid. Relaxations should only come when certain milestones are met, ie reduction is occupied beds, reduction in positive tests to XX level etc etc etc.

Jolly Roger
Jolly Roger
Reply to  plato
2 days ago

You missed out – when common sense prevails.

Jolly Roger
Jolly Roger
2 days ago

The saddest part of this whole sorry episode is the ease with which the British public capitulated to Authoritarianism, even when they knew it made no sense. And that they continue to do so now, even though it makes even less sense than it did before.

tony
tony
Reply to  Jolly Roger
2 days ago

Actually the saddest part is that virtually every post on this site contains comments from people who moan, groan ,winge , squark about the spread of the virus and how because of visitors / and anyone who ventures outside are to blame . They are sceptical about taking the vaccine as not enough testing has taken place . Now these same readers who are now shouting about that their hair is too long or that they cant have a pint ……..

Jolly Roger
Jolly Roger
Reply to  tony
1 day ago

A thumbs up from Fred.

IOWter
IOWter
2 days ago

Bit of light at the end of the tunnel! Let’s hope it all goes to plan and maybe just maybe we can all enjoy a good summer!!

Level Phil
Level Phil
Reply to  IOWter
1 day ago

That is something we can agree on!

Gylees
Gylees
2 days ago

Thank GOD for festival not going ahead we really don’t want to start all over again with so many people rubbing shoulders , certainly not till next year

John
John
Reply to  Gylees
1 day ago

Best thing about Lockdown, no F’ing Festival

Daniel Tredinnick
Daniel Tredinnick
1 day ago

So D.T and I don’t mean me, can approach schools rather than just serious accidents before family are informed?

Daniel Tredinnick
Daniel Tredinnick
Reply to  Daniel Tredinnick
1 day ago

Take the jab FFS. At least I use my real name u scaremongers

VentnorRichard
VentnorRichard
Reply to  Daniel Tredinnick
1 day ago

They are having a laugh if they think they can do the passport vaccine thing. It won’t happen because too many people are awake to this scamdemic.

David
David
Reply to  VentnorRichard
1 day ago

Will someone explain who is going to gain from this “scam”. Of course, Bill Gates will be crowned King Of The World, and open the door for all the aliens to come in and control us all using the micro chips that are now planted in our arms. Or maybe not.

Simon
Simon
Reply to  VentnorRichard
1 day ago

Scandemic? Explain yourself.

VentnorRichard
VentnorRichard
1 day ago

The only roadmap Boris and the government are going is straight to hell. Makes you wish Guy Fawkes succeeded.

Micky
Micky
Reply to  VentnorRichard
1 day ago

Care to explain your fantastical theory?

Me me
Me me
Reply to  VentnorRichard
1 day ago

Think Boris has done his best better than labour would do I’m not a conservative I think no one could do much better support has been there financially and people still take the piss

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