England’s lockdown to end on June 21


Step 2 will commence on April 12 and will see economic activities resume, such as outdoor hospitality and tourism establishments.

Step 3 on May 17 will lift the restrictions on indoor gatherings and entertainment venues, and Step 4 on June 21 will finally lift all remaining restrictions on social and economic activities such as nightclubs.

According to the BBC, several requirements must be met in order for the four-step plan to be executed:

– The vaccine rollout must continue as planned

– Evidence must show vaccination is reducing deaths

– Infection rates must not result in a surge in hospitalisations

– Any new variants of COVID-19 must not influence the level of risk tied to lifting restrictions.

There are currently travel restrictions on passengers arriving in the UK from South Africa. Direct flights between South Africa and the UK have been suspended.

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