Lockdown LIVE: PM promises 'one-way road to freedom' with his plan to lift lockdown

22 February 2021, 15:08 | Updated: 22 February 2021, 20:29

Live: Boris Johnson unveils England’s roadmap out of lockdown - Downing Street press conference

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Boris Johnson has said he wants his roadmap out of lockdown to be a "one-way road to freedom" that will bring us to the end of the pandemic.

The prime minister reiterated his four-stage plan at a No10 briefing on Monday night, which will begin with the reopening of schools in England on 8 March.

He said that while he could not guarantee that this plan would be "irreversible," he insisted that this was still his intention.

Also from 8 March, socialising in parks and public spaces with one other person will once again be permitted, along with outdoor after-school sports and activities.

A further easing of restrictions will take place on March 29 when the school Easter holidays begin, which Professor Chris Whitty said would itself work as a "natural firebreak," meaning larger groups will be able to gather in parks and gardens.

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