Boris Johnson is to set to make a number of key announcements on Monday, from the Government’s foreign travel plans to trial runs for mass gatherings.
The Prime Minister will also announce whether the UK can move to the next stage of lockdown restrictions on April 12th.
It s widely expected that Mr Johnson will give the greenlight for the restrictions to ease. This would allow pub beer gardens, outdoor restaurants, gyms, hairdressers and non-essential shops to reopen for the first time in months.
As part of his address Mr Johnson will reveal details of a “traffic light” system for rating overseas destinations, lowering controls on journeys to those countries assessed as being at the lowest risk.
Officials stressed travel would not begin before May 17 at the earliest and that it was still too soon to predict which countries would be cleared.
The advice remains that people should wait for the full report of the Government’s global travel task force due on April 12 before booking a holiday.
Under the traffic light system, assessments will be based on a range of factors, including the proportion of a country’s population which has been vaccinated, rates of infection, emerging new variants and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
Travellers arriving from countries rated “green” will not be required to isolate although pre-departure and post-arrival tests will still be needed.
For those classed as “amber” or “red”, the restrictions will remain as they are with arrivals required to isolate or enter quarantine.
Mr Johnson will also set out more details on how the Government will conduct to enable the safe return of crowds to mass gatherings.
A number of different events will be trialled, from indoor nightclub nights in Liverpool to the the FA Cup final at Wembley.
People attending a range of sporting events, conferences and clubs will be tested both before and after in the next step towards the easing of restrictions in England.
Ministers said the scheme will be used to gather scientific evidence on how venues can reopen without the need for social distancing.
The first trial is due to take place on April 16 at the Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool with an audience of 300 to be followed two days later by the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley with a crowd of 4,000.
Other events where the scheme is to be tested include the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, running from April 17 to May 3, and a mass participation run at Hatfield House on April 24 and 25.
The pilots will culminate with the FA Cup final on May 15, again at Wembley but this time with a crowd of 21,000.