London (TIP): PM Boris Johnson is planning a staged exit from lockdown that would see the UK’s battered economy returning to work over the next five months after leaping ahead of most of the world on vaccinating its people.
Johnson, who will set the path out of lockdown on February 22, said the staged exit plan would be cautious but irreversible. Schools are likely to reopen on March 8. Office workers will be told to continue working from home for some time. The hospitality sector may reopen in April. The Daily Mail newspaper said leisure businesses may not return to ‘broadly normal’ until July. — Reuters