Roadmap out of lockdown could mean pubs open two months before gyms

A blueprint to get out of lockdown is being discussed, and it could see pubs opening up in May but gyms closed until July.

Some industries may not return to 'broadly normal' until July according to the roadmap, which is the most detailed outline presented by the government so far.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a plan to ease Brits out of the national lockdown next week, which has been in place since January.

Under a gradual easing of restrictions, some industries are likely to wait until April for a limited restart, reports Mail Online.

This includes holiday lets and hotels, with outdoor sports such as golf and tennis to resume.

During April plans suggest the return of theme parks as well as zoos.

However pubs, bars and restaurants are likely to wait until May to begin opening outdoors, it's claimed.

There has been speculation around the roadmap out of lockdown, with the rule of six outdoors likely to be back in place.

A maximum of two households may be allowed to sit together indoors.

The government is also likely to ease restrictions every four weeks from March in a staggered approach.

In June and July pubs and restaurants could begin easing further with the rule of six being allowed indoors.

Indoor gyms are unlikely to open in the first few weeks of easing, with reports suggesting they will reopen by July.

Ministers will discuss the blueprint this weekend with the latest data surrounding coronavirus cases.

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It comes as the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced the reopening schools from Monday, with a roadmap out of lockdown.

Her announcement regarding Scotland's roadmap can also be seen as a hint to what England could follow in the near future.

On Monday, Boris Johnson hinted how post-lockdown life could look for some industries that have been shut for the past year.

He said Brits could also be forced to get rapid Covid tests before going clubbing or to the theatre.

He suggested some venues would take a twin approach of relying on mass vaccination and getting people tested anyway, reports The Telegraph.

Rapid 'lateral flow' tests are now widely used by firms and in the NHS despite concerns that they miss many positive cases.

He said: "For the purposes of this country and doing things within the domestic UK economy, we’ll look at everything.

"But what we’re thinking of at the moment is more of a route that relies on mass vaccination, and as you know we intend to vaccinate all the adults in the country by the autumn, plus lateral flow testing."

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