Schools and outside meetings set to return from March under Boris Johnson’s lockdown easing plan
Children will be sent back to school and adults given new freedoms to meet outside from early March under government plans to loosen lockdown.
Boris Johnson is expected outline the changes in an address to the nation later this month, having said on Saturday that he was cautiously “optimistic” about falling cases.
Under current government thinking, from March 8 people will be able to meet one friend from outside their household for a coffee on a park bench or picnic outside.
But the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reports that mixing inside and larger gatherings will remain against the rules.
At around the same time, children are expected to be sent back to school – with debate continuing in Whitehall about whether primary and secondary schools will go back at the same time.