Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to tell MPs how lockdown measures will begin to be eased in England from March.
Here is a look back at the restrictions which have been introduced and relaxed since the beginning of the pandemic.
– March 12, 2020
Scores of major sporting and cultural events are suspended, along with local elections, as the UK’s coronavirus death toll rises to 11.
– March 18
It is announced that schools across the UK will close to all pupils except those of key workers, as the coronavirus death toll climbs to 104.
– March 20
Mr Johnson orders pubs and restaurants across the country to close, with cinemas, nightclubs, theatres, gyms and leisure centres also told to shut their doors.
– March 23
Announcing the first lockdown, Mr Johnson tells the UK public that they will only be allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons, including food shopping, exercise once per day, medical need and travelling for work when absolutely necessary.
All shops selling non-essential goods are told to close, gatherings of more than two people in public are banned, events including weddings – but excluding funerals – are cancelled.
– April 16
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announces that lockdown measures will be extended for at least three more weeks.
– May 10
Mr Johnson tells people they are allowed to sunbathe in parks and leave the house to exercise more than once a day.
– May 11
Garden centres can reopen and people will be allowed outdoors for unlimited exercise for pursuits such as tennis, golf, lawn bowls and basketball.
– May 30
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announces that elite sport events will begin behind closed doors from June 1.
– June 1
Lockdown measures are eased, with schoolchildren in England in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 returning to the classroom.
– June 15
England’s retail parks, high streets and shopping centres welcome customers, while zoos and safari parks open their doors for the first time since March.
Places of worship reopen for private prayer, while some secondary school pupils have begun returning to their classrooms.
– June 29
A local lockdown is imposed on Leicester by Health Secretary Matt Hancock following a spike of coronavirus cases in the city.
The rest of England moves to ease restrictions on places of social gathering such as pubs and restaurants from July 4.
– July 4
Pints are poured in pubs and couples finally say “I do” as lockdown restrictions are eased across England.
– July 13
Beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo shops in England welcome customers for the first time in four months following the relaxation of social distancing measures.
– July 16
Mr Hancock announces a partial lifting of lockdown measures in Leicester, but restrictions on non-essential travel and social gatherings of up to six people remain in force.
– July 17
Mr Johnson eases the work-from-home guidance.
– July 30
People from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire are banned from meeting each other inside their homes or in gardens following a spike in cases.
– July 31
Measures due to be lifted on August 1, including allowing small wedding receptions, reopening bowling alleys and casinos, and pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues, are delayed for at least two weeks.
– September 22
The Prime Minister prepares to announce new restrictions including a 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants in England from September 24.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove recommends that people now work from home if able to do so.
– October 12
The Prime Minister launches a three-tier system of local lockdown levels for England.
– November 5
People in England are told to stay at home for four weeks as the country is placed under another national lockdown, with the closure of hospitality and non-essential shops.
– December 2
England’s national lockdown comes to an end and is replaced by a strengthened three-tier system.
– December 17
Mr Hancock announces Tier 3 restrictions – the highest level of measures – for several local authority areas from December 19, affecting about 38 million people.
– December 19
The Prime Minister cancels Christmas for people across London and eastern and south-east England by moving them into a newly created Tier 4 for two weeks – effectively returning to the lockdown rules of November.
In the rest of England, the planned Christmas easing of the restrictions – allowing three households to meet over the festive period – is severely curtailed to apply to Christmas Day only.
The move is mirrored by the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announces alert Level 4 restrictions will be brought forward to apply across the nation from midnight, with non-essential retail, close contact services, gyms and leisure centres and hospitality closing.
– December 26
Northern Ireland sees a form of curfew introduced from 8pm, with shops closed from that time and all indoor and outdoor gatherings prohibited until 6am.
– December 30
It is announced that an additional 20 million people in England will move to the tightest restrictions, making a total of 44 million in Tier 4, or 78% of the population.
– January 4, 2021
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces Scotland will go into lockdown for the rest of January, with a legal requirement to stay at home and schools closed to most pupils until February.
Mr Johnson announces a third national lockdown for England, which will see schools shut to most students and people urged to stay at home to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed by surging coronavirus infections.
– February 22
Mr Johnson is due to tell MPs that all pupils in all years can go back to the classroom from March 8, with outdoor after-school sports and activities allowed to restart as well.
Socialising in parks and public spaces with one other person will also be permitted from that date, to allow people to sit down for a drink or picnic.
From March 29, more social contact is expected to be permitted, with outdoor gatherings allowed either under the rule of six or between two households.
Meanwhile in Wales, children aged three to seven will begin a phased return to school from February 22, while some vocational learners on courses that require practical learning will return to college.
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