However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, starting with children returning to schools on March 8 – less than a week away.
As the vaccine effort continues across the country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed his plans to lift restrictions.
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May 17 has also been given as the earliest date which the restrictions on international travel may lift.
However, these milestones will only be met should the Government find all four conditions for lockdown lifting be met.
- Vaccine programme continues
- Data shows vaccines are reducing deaths and the numbers of people in hospital needing treatment for Covid
- The infection rates aren’t putting hospitals at risk of surging numbers
- New variants don’t add risk to lifting restrictions
If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
One element of international travel returning could be the introduction of the so-called vaccine passports.
This may be added to the NHS app or a separate card which is added to medical records.
Britons may need to use the vaccine passport to enter certain venues or even travel abroad.
Israel has introduced a green pass scheme, allowing those who have been vaccinated to return to somewhat normal life and visit bars, swimming pools and hotels.