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Boris ‘to scrap Covid tier system and open pubs in April in three-stage plan’

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The coronavirus tier system will be axed and replaced with a three-stage national plan to move the UK out of lockdown, according to new reports.

Downing Street reportedly wants to "do away" with the previous system, which saw different parts of the country put into different Covid risk levels.

According to The i newspaper, Boris Johnson will allow boozers to reopen at the beginning of April if rates continue to fall.

Pubs across the nation had to close their doors to punters when the national lockdown was announced on January 4. Under the restrictions, landlords were banned from selling takeaway pints.

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Schools in England are expected to reopen to pupils on March 8. The government will monitor how this affects infection rates before moving forward with its plan.

If all goes well and rates continue to fall, non-essential retail could be allowed to reopen by the end of March.

The final stage of the plan will come on April 2, reports The i, which is when hospitality is expected to reopen.

Pubgoers will finally be able to get back in the boozer at the beginning of April if infection rates stay low.

However, even when lockdown is eased, social distancing is expected to stay.

A government source told The i: "My understanding is the Prime Minister is encouraged by a slew of data coming out that shows the positive impact the current lockdown has had.

"By March, there’s also a good chance that almost, if not all over-50s and younger vulnerable groups would have been given at least their first dose of a vaccine.

"The optimism is increasing at Downing Street and we may well be enjoying a pint in the pub by Easter if the data continues to improve in the coming weeks."

The rollout of the vaccine program has already seen more than 14 million people in the UK receive their first jab.

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