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Government outlines plans for easing lockdown

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The government has outlined its plans for taking the country out of lockdown.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the plans, which he described as “cautious but irreversible” and a “one-way road to freedom”.

During his statement, Mr Johnson stated that the government intends to ease restrictions in all areas of England at the same time, though he did not rule out introducing local restrictions if needed to suppress a particular strain of the virus in a local area.

From 8 March providers will be able to offer wraparound childcare for all children where it is needed to enable parents or carers to work, seek work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group.

From 29 March, parent and child groups will be able to take place outdoors with a limit of 15 attendees (children under five years of age do not count towards the attendee limit).

Indoor parent and child groups (with a limit of up to 15 people, not including children under five) will not be able to reasume until 12 April at the earliest.

The full roadmap is available here.