On Monday evening Boris Johnson announced his four step plan to reopen the economy following the lockdown of the country in December last year.
This is a very cautious opening plan, but the Prime Minister has made it clear that he wants to get the country reopen in a safe and sensible way and does not want to go back into a lockdown.
There will be a four step phased reopening which will begin on 8th March with the reopening of schools, and hopefully end with the lifting of all legal restrictions by 21st June. Each stage will be no less than 5 weeks after the previous stage and will be dependent on the continuation of the vaccine roll out and reduced numbers of infections.
The Prime Minister told MPs the plan aimed to be “cautious but irreversible” and at every stage decisions would be led by “data not dates”. But he warned there was “no credible route to a zero-Covid Britain nor indeed a zero-Covid world”.
In the meantime we still need to remain cautious and follow the Hands, Face, Space rule and work from home where possible.
This is great news for the town and businesses and finally we can see the light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.