Britain will begin lifting coronavirus restrictions starting Monday in a phased approach, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
Johnson warned that the gradual lifting of restrictions is subject to the country keeping the virus under control.
“I cannot and will not throw away all the gains we have made together. And so the changes we are making are limited and cautious,” he said at a daily government briefing.
Here are some of the reopening guidelines outlined by Johnson:
- Up to six people will be allowed to meet outside “as long as they respect social distancing rules,” in gardens and other private outdoor spaces.
- People from different households should not meet inside homes, Johnson said.
- Schools will reopen to more children including nurseries, pre-school, kindergarten and some grades in elementary schools.
- Outdoor markets “where social distancing is easier” and car show rooms can open as well.
The restrictions will loosen further as of June 15 when retail and nonessential shops can open their doors, as Britain “begins to re-start it’s economy.”
Latest numbers: The death rate in the UK is falling consistently, currently at 256 in the last day, down from a peak of 943 on April 14, but Johnson emphasized the need for the virus to remain under control.
“I cannot and will not throw away all the gains we have made together. And so the changes we are making are limited and cautious.”