The PM is reported to cover overseas travel, Covid passports and lockdown restrictions in his announcement
Boris Johnson is set to make an announcement on Monday, April 5.
He is expected to outline the next steps out of England’s lockdown – including issues such as foreign travel and Covid passports.
His briefing will come one week before a string of restrictions will be lifted in the nation.
As of April 12, non-essential stores will be able to re-open, and in his Monday announcement, Mr Johnson is also expected to confirm if pub beer gardens and hairdressers will also reopen on this date.
Here’s everything we are expecting him to cover in his Downing Street briefing, as originally reported in The Mirror.
Boris Johnson is due to host a crunch meeting on Monday morning to decide if Step Two of Englands lockdown roadmap can go ahead.
Step Two is due to open pub beer gardens, hairdressers, gyms and self-contained domestic holidays from April 12 at the earliest.
The PM had promised to give firms a weeks notice of reopening – meaning the confirmation should come on Monday night.
Triggering Step Two as planned will depend on four tests: infection rates, the vaccine rollout, new variants and hospitalisations and deaths.
The final decision will only be made hours before a public announcement on Monday, after looking at the latest scientific data.
Step Two will keep the ban on indoor gatherings, and the limit of six people or two households on outdoor gatherings. But it will reopen non-essential shops, personal care premises, libraries, museums, gyms, swimming pools and spas. Saunas and steam rooms remain closed.
Outdoor areas of pubs, restaurants and cafes can reopen, but with table service only. Punters must stay seated and only go inside to use the toilet.
Self-contained holiday accommodation in England can reopen, but only for people travelling with their own household or bubble.
Foreign holidays will still be banned, as will indoor gatherings or overnight stays with people not in your household or bubble.
Funerals can continue with up to 30 people. For wedding ceremonies and receptions and commemorative events the number rises from 6 to 15. Driving lessons can resume and zoos and theme parks can open outdoors.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce an update on international travel for later this summer.
Reports indicate hell unveil a three-level traffic light system drawn up by the governments Global Travel Taskforce.
Travel to the UK from red list countries would be banned as it is now for 39 nations – with returning Brits forced into £1,750 hotel quarantine.
A new amber list would allow limited travel but with testing and quarantine on return, and green list countries could be quarantine-free.
But sources warn there may be precious little detail in the Prime Ministers announcement that will actually let you plan your holiday.
He is widely expected to spell out a high-level general policy without spelling out a list of which countries are on which light.
And while the roadmap promises foreign holidays can start from May 17 at the earliest, any meaningful return to the beaches may take until July or August.
Its possible the Monday update could be followed by a second update days later, as the taskforce is due to report fully by April 12.
Sources said a country’s vaccination rate would “play a big part” in its status, as well as its level of “variants of concern”. The US, Maldives and Israel are among nations tipped for an early return.
Non-essential foreign travel is currently banned and punishable with a £5,000 fine. The Times reported travel into Britain is unlikely to fully reopen until 2022.
No10 aides are locked in meetings ahead of an update on Covid certification – otherwise known as vaccine passports.
We do know there will be a passport scheme to let Brits visit countries abroad which demand proof of a jab.
But the issue of how they might be used within the UK is much more thorny – and has prompted a cross-party revolt.
The Prime Minister is due to talk about the future of so-called domestic certification but it is still uncertain what form this will take.
Theres been speculation it could mean having to show youve been vaccinated, such as on the NHS Covid-19 app, to get into a pub.
But the PM has indicated it could be vaguer than this. He said certification could refer to either a vaccine, or whether youve had a recent test, or your antibody status – or a combination of the three.
Those three things working together will, I think, be useful, he said. But what events or venues it will apply to remains unclear.
Previously Boris Johnson put the emphasis on giving people rapid tests before a specific event, not checking their vaccine status.
But he now “wants vaccine passports to happen” and believes the debate is over, according to Spectator editor Fraser Nelson.
The proposals prompted a furious backlash from more than 70 MPs who have vowed to oppose the oppression of a passport scheme.
Keir Starmer has also left the door open to fighting any domestic scheme in Parliament – which if combined with Tory rebels could wipe out the PMs majority.
Shadow business minister Lucy Powell said some ideas around passports go against “our British instincts and our values.”
The PMs update might simply talk about the first pilots of certification and sport events beginning in mid-April.
We know ministers want to use certification to trial larger crowds at the FA Cup final at Wembley next month, as well as the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield from mid-April. But again, what form this takes is not yet clear.