Hopefully most rules can be relaxed by June 21, but that depends on cases, deaths and hospital admissions that continue to drop

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Boris Johnson revealed his four steps to make the England lockdown easier for different parts of society and the economy

The PM hopes he can lift the majority of the rules by June 21, but that depends on whether cases, deaths and hospital admissions continue to drop, so the dates are the most related to one of the stated rules

There will be no regional level system – England will be treated as one of the countries to facilitate the lockdown

• High school students will be required to wear face masks first while staff at all schools are encouraged to wear masks

• All high school and college students will be tested twice a week, at school for the first two weeks and then at home

• All households with children in school, members of their support and childcare centers, as well as those in related professions will be encouraged to be tested regularly

• University students taking practical classes may return but others will need to continue with online classes This will be reviewed during the Easter break

• A person will be able to meet another person from another household outside for recreation, not just for exercise

• This means that two people can meet for a picnic or sit on a bench with a coffee, but they cannot play tennis or golf

• Up to six people from different households or a larger group of two households can meet outdoors, including in private gardens

• Outdoor sports facilities can reopen and organized outdoor sports can be organized for children and adults

• From that point on, the government will drop the “stay home” message and instead encourage people to stay local wherever they can

• People should always work from home whenever possible and no travel abroad, other than necessary work, will be allowed

• Libraries, museums, zoos, theme parks and sports halls may open – but no indoor mixing of different households is allowed

• Outdoor hospitality can reopen, including pubs and restaurants – with the rule of six or a larger group of two households

• Customers will not have to buy a large meal for an alcoholic beverage and there will be no curfew, but people will need to be seated when ordering and eating or drinking

• Outside, most social contact rules will be lifted, but gatherings of more than 30 people will be illegal

• Indoors, the rule of six or a larger group of two households at most will be allowed

• Indoor hospitality – pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, concert halls, children’s play areas, hotels, B&B, indoor exercise classes – will be allowed

• Tips on social distancing between family and friends, including cuddling, will be updated no later than May 17

• Large indoor performances and sporting events with a capacity of 1000 people will be allowed

• Large outdoor shows and sporting events will have a maximum capacity of 4,000 people or should only be half full, whichever is lower

• Larger sports stadiums will accommodate 10,000 people or may only be quarter-full, whichever is lower

There are a few rules and issues that have yet to be agreed upon and will be subject to review when the lockdown is relaxed

The government hopes to present the conclusion of a review before the fourth stage on whether vaccines or test certificates could be used to reopen the rest of the economy

The government has said it will not resume until May 17 following a review to be completed on April 12

The government said the tests could be used to make sure people can safely attend big events

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