England took a big step on Monday in easing the lockdown. The English no longer need a valid reason to leave their home. Some media speak of a ‘Happy Monday’.
The UK is one of the countries most affected by the pandemic. The government has reported the highest death toll in Europe with more than 126,000 deaths but is now also a front-runner in vaccination. More than 30 million Britons have already received the first dose of a corona vaccine.
The British government is now daring to ease the lockdown in England gradually. Individuals are now permissible to meet outside again in groups of a maximum of six people or a limitless number of people from two families. Outdoor sports venues may also reopen, such as tennis and golf courses.
Some drastic measures remain in force. For example, English people are not yet allowed to receive guests indoors, although exceptions are possible. The plan for easing the lockdown consists of several steps. They only concern England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are on their own schedule.
In the next step in the relaxation plan, all stores will reopen. The catering industry may then serve customers in the outdoor area. The exact date has not yet been set, but it is not expected to happen before April 12. The final step is to remove all restrictions on social contacts. That could happen after June 21.