Despite Boris Johnson’s insistence that his government would be led by “data, not dates” in their “cautious” loosening of England’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions, there’s one date that has certainly got everyone talking – to the extent that some are calling for a bank holiday.
The prime minister announced his “roadmap” in the House of Commons and at a Downing Street press conference on Monday.
If all goes to plan, in terms of vaccines and new variants, restrictions will be eased in four stages, starting with schools reopening on 8 March and culminating on 21 June – at which point, the prime minister said, the government will “aim to remove all legal limits on social contact”.
Yup, that’s right – 21 June could be the date that we finally see restrictions lifted in full, with Johnson even name-checking nightclubs in his speech.
Unsurprisingly, after what will have been at least 15 months since anything resembling normality in the UK, social media was soon united in calls for a bank holiday to be declared on 21 June – with some even starting petitions.