Prime Minister Boris Johnson has released his road map out of lockdown and here's what we'll be able to do by summer (hopefully): 

Boris Johnson has unveiled a "cautious" four-part plan to get us out of lockdown, signalling that end is nearly in sight.

If the Prime Minister's plan goes smoothly then June 21 marks the end of lockdown as we know it and the start of 'normality'. 

The government has stressed the importance of treading cautiously as we ease out of lockdown and have stated that their plan can be expected to adapt to varying pressures caused by the pandemic. 

But what can we expect life to look like in just four months time? 

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Holding hands

Bournemouth Echo:

Care home residents will be allowed to hold hands with a visitor. (Andrew Matthews - PA)

We will finally be allowed to hold hand with the people we love and much sooner than we might have thought. 

New rules will allow each care home resident in England to have one regular visitor, with whom they can hold hands from March 8. 

This crucial human contact is vital for the wellbeing of all care home residents and has been heavily campaigned for throughout the pandemic.  


All schools will be reopening from March 8, this date is flexible to allow for the necessary testing protocols to be set up. 

Hopefully by June children in school will be looking forward to their summer holidays and a break from education

Friends and family

Not only is social interaction important for our mental health but it's also good for the soul and if all goes to plan then limits on social interaction could be lifted by June 21.

We all have a few hurdles to get past before then however: 

- From 8 March: One to one interactions outside will be allowed meaning two people can sit down for a coffee, drink or picnic. 

- From 29 March: Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed. It is understood this will include gatherings in private gardens. 

- Not before 17 May: Rule of six lifted outdoors and gatherings of up to 30 allowed.


Bournemouth Echo:

Pubs may reopen by April 12 - (Young’s/PA)

Our beloved hospitality industry has taken an absolute beating throughout the pandemic. 

Those that have been able to remain open for takeaways are still struggling whilst many of those who had to close their doors will not be reopening. 

By summer it's expected that outdoor and indoor hospitality will be reopened - opening first outdoors from 12 April and then inside from 17 May. 

Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen no sooner than 21 June. 

READ MORE: Some of the pubs we miss the most

Retail, entertainment and beauty

By the summer all of the retail, entertainment and beauty industry is expected to have reopened. 

Hairdressers, theme parks and zoos will be expected to open around 12 April.


Playing sports matches and attending games is also set out in the government's plan with stadium games of up to 10,000 spectators from 17 May. 

In the next few weeks by 29 March, outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children's sport, such as grassroots football, will also return.


It doesn't look like foreign holidays are a given, but we can look forward to the expectation of getting a break even if it's in the UK. 

Holiday lets and camping will hopefully be reopened from 12 April and travelling across the country will be allowed from 17 May.

The earliest international travel will resume is 17 May however this is still under review.

What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.