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Coronavirus: All you need to know about the lifting of lockdown measures

What changes around the UK with the imminent lifting of lockdown restrictions?

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Hayley Vacher with her Cocker Spaniel Alphie and friend Steve Muldoon at Botanic Gardens in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Hayley Vacher with her Cocker Spaniel Alphie and friend Steve Muldoon at Botanic Gardens in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Hayley Vacher with her Cocker Spaniel Alphie and friend Steve Muldoon at Botanic Gardens in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Some long-awaited changes are in store following the Prime Minister’s announcement that some lockdown measures will be eased from Monday.

But what exactly will people around the UK be allowed to do once restrictions are lifted, and what will still be frowned upon?

– Can I visit family and friends?

As of Monday, people in England will be able to gather outdoors in socially-distanced groups of six. This means that groups can meet in parks and private gardens for chats and barbecues.

Outdoor gatherings will also be allowed in Wales from Monday, with people from two different households able to meet.

Scottish citizens do not have to wait until Monday to visit family and friends, with restrictions being eased from Friday to allow people to meet one other household at a time outdoors, with the gathering involving a maximum number of eight.

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National Trust photo of a sign welcoming back visitors to the Lower Halsdon farm in Devon (Steve Sayers/PA)

National Trust photo of a sign welcoming back visitors to the Lower Halsdon farm in Devon (Steve Sayers/PA)

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National Trust photo of a sign welcoming back visitors to the Lower Halsdon farm in Devon (Steve Sayers/PA)

Meanwhile, groups of up to six people are already allowed to gather outdoors in Northern Ireland after some restrictions were lifted earlier this month.

– How far am I allowed to travel?

There are no mileage limits set for how far you are allowed to drive to visit family and friends in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, but the general advice is to remain in your local area as much as possible.

However, people in Wales will still not be allowed to travel more than five miles from their home for any reason except work or to purchase essentials.

– Can I stay overnight?

Staying overnight at someone else’s home will still not be allowed anywhere in the UK, while even going indoors for any other reason than to access a garden or use the bathroom is prohibited.

However, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has advised that if the distance travelled to meet someone means that you have to use their bathroom, then “perhaps you shouldn’t be doing it”.

– What else will I be allowed to do under the new measures?

In England, Monday’s lockdown easing will signal the reopening of schools to allow students in nurseries, early-years settings, and Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return to class.

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Primary schools in England will reopen to more pupils from June 1 (Jacob King/PA)

Primary schools in England will reopen to more pupils from June 1 (Jacob King/PA)

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Primary schools in England will reopen to more pupils from June 1 (Jacob King/PA)

Some shops are also set to reopen, with outdoor retail and car showrooms able to resume operations.

– And what about elsewhere in the UK?

Scotland’s easing will enable people to visit garden centres and play some sports where social distancing can easily be maintained, such as golf and tennis.

However, schools will remain closed until at least August, when a new blended learning model is scheduled to begin. Pubs, cinemas, hairdressers, libraries, and non-essential shops will also remain closed.

In Wales, rubbish tips and garden centres are set to reopen while people will be able to engage in unlimited local exercise with people from within their own household.

– When might restrictions be eased further?

Boris Johnson has flagged that more restrictions will be eased on June 15, beginning with the reopening of other non-essential retail shops such as fashion or homeware retail.

Other businesses, such as pubs, hairdressers and cinemas will have to wait until July before they can reopen, the Government has previously said.

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Roadmap for easing the lockdown in Scotland (PA Graphics)

Roadmap for easing the lockdown in Scotland (PA Graphics)

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Roadmap for easing the lockdown in Scotland (PA Graphics)

And what’s the timeline elsewhere in the UK?

In Scotland, there is no set timeline as for when more measures might be lifted. The government’s lockdown road map stipulates that a number of conditions must be met before any further action is taken, including evidence that the country’s Covid-19 transmission is successfully under control.

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said on Friday that non-essential retail businesses that can comply with social distancing rules should start to prepare to reopen over the next three weeks.

Mr Drakeford said a decision on whether they will reopen will be taken at the next review of lockdown measures on June 18 and will depend on scientific and medical evidence.

Pending the country’s rate of transmission remaining below one, a host of further restrictions are set to be eased in Northern Ireland on June 8, including the reopening of outdoor sports facilities, car showrooms and some non-essential retail stores.

Outdoor weddings with a maximum of 10 people are also set to be allowed and hotels will be able to start taking forward bookings at their own risk.

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