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Get set for April 12 reopening, PM Boris tells dealers

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just set out his four step plan to bring England out of the latest COVID-19 lockdown, allowing non-essential retailers - such as car showrooms - to reopen no sooner than April 12.

in parliament Johnson revealed a cautious plan, with five week gaps between steps to allow for monitoring of infection spikes, that he aims to be completed on June 21 when the UK public's lives should get back to some normality without social contact restrictions.

The prime minister will deliver a televised address tonight at 7pm to outline the plan to the public.

Schools and colleges are the priority for step one on March 8, with outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households allowed from March 29th.

From March 29 people will no longer be required by law to stay at home, however Johnson urged people to still work from home at this point if they can, and minimise their travel.

Then step two, on April 12 at the earliest, would allow non-essential stores, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality to resume business. Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve people outdoors only at this point.

In step three, on May 17 at the earliest, people will be allowed to meet friends and family indoors again and all pubs and restaurants will be permitted to welcome customers indoors.

Most restrictions outdoors will be lifted in step three, subject to a limit of 30 people.

Step four, no earlier than June 21, reopens even more, including nightclubs, and Johnson said he hopes to lift restrictions from this point on large events and performances.

A full explanation of every step is here on the BBC website.

Johnson said support measures in place to help businesses and support jobs will continue "for the duration of the pandemic"..

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