The Prime Minister has announced the Government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England.

Thanks to the increased protection offered by the vaccines, the Government is able to slowly and cautiously begin to ease restrictions in all areas across the country at the same time, guided at all stages by data, not dates.

The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the Government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps.

This assessment will be based on four tests:

  • The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • The Government’s assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.

Below are useful graphics which sets out the Government’s four steps and when we can expect parts of the economy and society to begin re-opening.