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What will Boris Johnson announce on Monday? Options to Facilitate Covid Lockdown, Travel and Passports

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Boris Johnson is expected to brief the country on Monday of the next steps to exit the lockdown.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce if England can take the next step in reopening – and he could give an update on reopening borders and Covid passports.

He could also confirm whether hairdressers and beer gardens will be allowed to open on April 12.

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Here’s what we know about his announcement.

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What will Boris Johnson say?

At his press conference on Easter Monday, the Prime Minister should do three things:

  1. Give the official green light to move to Step 2 of the roadmap (Reopening April 12)
  2. Provide an update on the review of reopen borders
  3. Provide an update on the review of the Covid Passports

Here are the details.

April 12 reopening

Mr Johnson’s roadmap is underpinned by four key data-related ‘tests’, which will act as a checklist to follow before moving on to the next stage of reopening.

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England passed both stages of Stage 1, including reopening schools and dropping the ‘stay at home’ order.

Four criteria must be met before England can move on to the next stage of the roadmap, scheduled for April 12.

These are: that the vaccine deployment is proceeding as planned; that vaccines are effective in reducing deaths and hospitalizations; that the number of cases is not increasing so quickly that the NHS risks being overwhelmed; that the new variants do not create unforeseen risks.

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Mr Johnson is due to meet with scientists over Easter weekend to analyze the latest data on cases, deaths and hospitalizations, as well as the successful deployment of the vaccine.

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