Lockdown 3 – arguably the worst of all the lockdowns – is finally showing signs of ending. Not only is spring starting to arrive, but there’s also news of things slowly, steadily returning to ‘normal’. Covid rates in London have dropped 90 percent since the peak and the vaccination programme is well underway.
Today (February 22, 2021) Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech laying out the most up-to-date roadmap for the future of the capital. The focus was on baby steps. You know: when can we go for a picnic? When will the rule of six return? And when can we all just go back to the pub? But there was also news about big stuff too: the end of social distancing! The rebirth of clubbing!
We know that you, just like us, are itching to enjoy the culture, nightlife, sights and sounds that a city like London can offer. Not only that, but you’re desperate to see friends and family again. So we’ve gathered up everything you need to know about how it’ll look as London comes out of lockdown. That includes what will happen at each step of ‘unlocking’ (as we near the final step of Phase Two) and when each aspect of the capital – from its hairdressers to its nightclubs – will open up again.
Once again, the government is reopening things in four phases. The first comes on March 29, the second on April 12, third on May 17 and fourth after June 21. Johnson has added a caveat to the plan, which is that there are certain targets that we need to keep hitting in order for things to reopen. These include the pace of the vaccination programme, as well as infection rates and the rise of new variants. He said that he’d be leaving five weeks between each step to make sure that any surges caused by them could be traced and controlled. If so, we might pause opening up for a bit.
BUT fingers crossed that everything goes to plan. We’ll see you in the pub in May, if so.
Please note, things are changing quickly in London right now. We’ll aim to keep you updated on the latest developments as and when they happen. But also check our news coverage for breaking stories in London.