UPDATED: English schools will reopen March 8, outdoor sport starts again on March 29

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Schools in England will re-open on March 8, while two families or six people will be able to meet outside from March 29 as the country’s COVID-19 restrictions are eased, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday.

“The view is very much that this is about a gradual reopening of the whole of England, not regional,” he told LBC Radio.

“Children first, then the priority is schools, two people able to meet outdoors and maybe have a coffee together, that is also on the 8th of March. Then (on the) 29th, two families, or rule of six, and outdoor sports (will be allowed to start again).”

Moments later, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government’s priority was to get children back to school in a cautious easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

“Today I’ll be setting out a roadmap to bring us out of lockdown cautiously,” he said on Twitter.

“Our priority has always been getting children back into school which we know is crucial for their education and wellbeing. We’ll also be prioritising ways for people to reunite with loved ones safely.” 

Main Photo: A school crossing sign in London, Britain. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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