The Government has set out a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England, starting with the return of schools on 8 March.
The impact of each step will be assessed before proceeding to the next.
There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.
It is expected that the furlough scheme and business support loans will be extended to the summer in the Budget on 3 March to reflect the gradual easing of restrictions.
Parliament will have to approve the regulations effecting the above steps.
Government measures in place to support businesses and workers during the coronavirus emergency can be found in our Business after COVID-19: Transition Knowledge Hub.