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Outdoor shops, hairdressers, gymnasiums and hospitality will reopen on April 12 in England if strict conditions are met, in line with plans set out by the Prime Minister earlier Boris’ Four-Step Roadmap Johnson to end the lockdown means that up to six people from separate households could be able to meet in outdoor gardens from April 12, while all legal limits on social contact could be lifted from here June 21 It requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met at each stage M Johnson told MPs the plan was to be “prudent but irreversible” and that at every step decisions would be guided by “data, not dates.” For more on the timing of the easing measures, click here

Early results from UK vaccination rollout suggest it has a ‘dramatic’ impact on preventing serious illness from coronavirus Research by Public Health Scotland found that four weeks after first dose , Covid hospital admissions were reduced by 85% for the Pfizer jab and 94% for the AstraZeneca jab Lead researcher Professor Aziz Sheikh said the results were “very, very” impressive and both vaccines were working “dramatically.” Figures for England are due to be released later Meanwhile, people living with HIV in England and Wales can now choose to be vaccinated with Covid at specialist clinics, without notifying their GP, under updated guidance from NHS England

In his statement to deputies, Mr. Johnson confirmed English schools would reopen on March 8, with individual schools allowed to decide on a phased return this week Sean Coughlan, the BBC’s family and education correspondent, explains what we can expect when schools reopen There will be mass Covid testing in high schools – with parents supposed to take the samples at home twice a week, after three tests at school Face covers will also be required in some high school classrooms There is no test plan yet for primary school students The youngest students in Scotland and Wales started returning to class today In Northern Ireland, nursery schools, kindergartens and primary students one to three will return to class on March 8 After two weeks they will resume distance learning so that older students aged 12 to 14 can return to school

A ‘small family funeral’ for Captain Sir Tom Moore will take place on Saturday, as his daughters urged the public to support the NHS by staying at home The 100-year-old army veteran, who raised nearly £ 33million for NHS charities walking through his garden, died at Bedford hospital on February 2 after testing positive for Covid-19 Under current rules, the funeral will be attended by eight members of Capt Sir Tom’s immediate family – his two daughters, Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore, four grandchildren and son-in-law Members of the armed forces will perform ceremonial duties during the funeral

In news that will delight sports fans, the government’s four-part roadmap also calls for up to 10,000 spectators to return to stadiums by mid-May The Prime Minister told MPs earlier: “The turnstiles of our sports stadiums will turn again” The government has announced that it will organize a series of “pilot” events for a small number of fans in April If successful, “up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seating capacity, whichever is less” will be allowed in stadiums for sporting events, but not before May 17th Meanwhile, outdoor sports like football, golf and tennis will be allowed to resume in England from March 29 Leisure centers, gymnasiums and swimming pools may open from April 12

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