After much commotion caused following PM Boris Johnson's roadmap to come out of lockdown, the full extent of what is and isn't allowed and how long we will have to wait to regain total freedom has finally been revealed.
A tentative plan subject to review
And it looks like casual sex might not be allowed until at least this coming summer, which is subject to be pushed back as the roadmap itself is merely a blueprint of the best case scenario. Visiting other people's homes and, by extension, their bedrooms will remain forbidden until we enter step four of the roadmap which is currently tentatively set for 21 June.
The plan, which was revealed yesterday, states that:
Ahead of Step 4, as more is understood about the impact of vaccines on transmission and a far greater proportion of the population has been vaccinated, the Government will complete a review of social distancing measures and other long-term measures that have been put in place to limit transmission.
The results of the review will help inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which rules on 1m+ [social distancing], face masks and other measures may be lifted.
Important forthcoming dates
As things currently stand, schools reopening on 8 March is the earliest sign of restrictions loosening. Following that date, the rule of six between two households on 29 March will be introduced. On May 17, we could see some more limited amount of social mixing be allowed.
The roadmap also stated:
As soon as possible, and no later than Step 3, the Government will update its advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. Until then, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble, and keep up habits such as regular hand washing and letting in fresh air.