All schools in England will reopen to all pupils on March 8, under the roadmap out of lockdown to be announced today, with outdoor after-school sports and activities also allowed to restart, Sky News reports.
And on the same date, outdoor recreation with one other person will also be permitted, meaning people will be allowed to sit together in a park with a coffee, drink or picnic.
From March 29, larger groups will be able to meet outside – including in private gardens – up to a maximum of six people or two households.
Tennis courts, golf courses and other outdoor sport facilities will also reopen on March 29, which is the first Monday of most schools’ Easter holidays.
At the same time, organized adults and children’s sport, including grassroots football, will restart.
The relaxation of measures is the first stage of a four-part roadmap expected to include the reopening of non-essential retail and hospitality in the coming months.
But restrictions will be eased step-by-step across the whole of England, avoiding a return to the previous system of regional tiers.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to announce his plan to the House of Commons this afternoon, before leading a Downing Street news conference at 7:00pm local time. Lawmakers will vote on the regulations in the coming weeks.