England’s lockdown eases: Groups of six or two households can meet outside 

Two households or groups of up to six people are now able to meet outside in England again as the stay-at-home Covid restrictions order comes to an end.

It’s the next stage of Boris Johnson’s roadmap and the ‘stay home, stay safe’ slogan is replaced.A new slogan is unveiled to stress the importance of ventilation in reducing the spread of the virus ‘Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air’

 Outdoor sport facilities including tennis courts and golf courses are also reopening, and organised outdoor sports can resume in the latest easing. And weddings will also be on again, attended by up to six people.
But Boris has urged caution, saying cases are up in Europe and variants threaten the vaccine rollout.
“Despite today’s easements, everyone must continue to stick to the rules, remember hands, face, space, and come forward for a vaccine when called,” the prime minister said.

30 million people in the UK have received a first vaccine dose, accounting for about 57% of all adults

The minister for vaccine deployment, Nadhim Zahawi, has said that April will be the “second dose month”, as the UK passed the milestone of giving a first jab to 30 million people, comprising the vast majority of those in the first nine priority groups.

The minister’s remark confirms a near pausing of the first dose programme – even as an additional vaccine, from Moderna, becomes available in April – as other supplies are focused on ensuring that people receive second doses within the promised 12-week limit.

Zahawi wrote on Twitter that the UK remained on track to protect “the whole adult population by end July”, but spelled out the switch in focus by adding: “April will be second dose month.”

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