The key events that have changed the UK in the six months since lockdown hit

For people across the UK, March 23, 2020 will always be a ‘where were you’ moment.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared on TV screens to give the nation a ‘simple instruction’. People were told to stay at home except in exceptional circumstances and an unprecedented lockdown began across the country.

Since then the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines as people watched case numbers rising, falling and then rising again.

The lockdown was gradually eased and the economy reopened but now the country faces new restrictions of every day life.

In among it all were the stories of human endeavour and celebrations of the small moments that brought the country together as it faced its most difficult crisis in decades.

Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live

Here we recap all the key events from the last six months.

Timeline – six months since lockdown hit

March 23: Boris Johnson appeared on national television to tell people to stay at home. Trips outdoors were limited to one form of exercise a day, shopping for essential supplies and travelling to work if absolutely necessary.

Boris Johnson tells the nation to ‘stay at home (Picture: Andrew Parsons / 10 Downing Street)

March 26: Thousands of people across the country take to their doorsteps to clap for carers in the first of what became a weekly event.

March 27: Boris Johnson and Mr Hancock test positive for Covid-19, while chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty says he has symptoms and is self-isolating.

April 3: The first Nightingale Hospital, built to relieve pressure on existing hospitals, was opened by Prince Charles in London.

Matt Hancock at the opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London, (Picture: PA)

April 5: The Queen makes a rare broadcast to the nation telling people if we ‘remain united and resolute’ in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, ‘we will overcome it’.

April 6: Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care due to his worsening condition. He’d been admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital the day before.

April 8: The deadliest day of the pandemic with 1,073 people dying within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

April 12: The Prime Minister is discharged from hospital and travels to Chequers to continue his recovery.

April 16: War veteran, Tom Moore, completes 100 laps of his garden, eventually raising over £32 million for the NHS ahead of his 100th birthday.

Captain Tom Moore won the nation’s hearts by completing a fundraising challenge (Picture: PA)

April 20: Around 67,000 claims are registered in the first 30 minutes as the Government’s Job Retention Scheme opens for applications.

April 23: Human trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine begin in Oxford.

May 10: Mr Johnson announces the first easing of England’s lockdown, telling people they are allowed to sunbathe in parks and leave the house to exercise more than once a day.

May 22: Reports first start surfacing that Dominic Cummings made a trip to Durham to self-isolate at his parents’ house in a breach of lockdown restrictions that were in place at the time.

Clap for Carers took place every Thursday night until the end of May (Picture: PA)

June 1: Lockdown measures are further eased in England, with school children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 returning to the classroom.

June 12: Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the UK economy shrunk by 20.4% in April, the largest monthly contraction on record.

June 15: Shops across England welcome back customers, while zoos and safari parks open their doors for the first time since March.

June 29: Leicester becomes the first UK city to go back into lockdown after a spike of coronavirus cases in the city.

July 4: Pubs reopen again and weddings are allowed to take place.

Pubs reopened with measures in place to stop the virus spreading (Picture: Getty)

Many people made the most of the pubs reopening (Picture: EPA)

July 17: Mr Johnson says he hopes for a ‘significant return to normality by Christmas’ as he announces a further relaxation of restrictions.

July 24: Face coverings become mandatory in shops across England, with £100 fines to people who flout the rules.

July 26: Spain becomes the first country to be removed from the Government’s ‘travel corridor’, sparking a rush of tourists to get back from the country without needing to go into self-isolation for two weeks.

July 30: Households in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire are banned from meeting indoors due to a spike in infections.

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.

Diners enjoy the first day of Eat Out To Help Out (Picture: Getty)

August 3: The Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme launches, with restaurants, pubs and cafes offering half-price meals to diners during August.

August 13: Thousands of pupils’ A-level results in England are downgraded amid cancelled exams as a result of the coronavirus crisis, due to the regulator Ofqual’s algorithm.

September 1: The majority of schools in England reopen for the autumn term.

There was anger over A-Level results (Picture: PA)

Schools going back was seen as a top priority (Picture: Getty)

September 9: Plans to limit social gatherings to no more than six people both inside and outside are announced by the Government.

September 18: Mr Johnson warns that a second wave of coronavirus has arrived in the UK.

September 22: The Prime Minister prepares to announce new restrictions including a 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants in England from September 24.

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected]

For more stories like this, check our news page.

Source: Read Full Article