Three lockdown dates have been announced for Brits to keep an eager eye on in the next few weeks.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously confirmed schools would not return to classrooms up and down the country until March 8.
With that return still being a month away, all eyes are instead turning to the lockdown review on February 15 – and roadmap out of lockdown published a week later.
The PM will flesh out proposals for the country emerging out of its ongoing third lockdown in two weeks time.
And there are other dates to look out for, especially if you’re a parent of a schoolchild, or you work in one of the country’s many, many schools.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be speaking to the nation this week from Downing Street in a series of press conferences, it is expected.
The first review of the lockdown restrictions is set to take place in the week of February 15.
The Prime Minister told a No 10 news conference that the evidence showed that the coronavirus vaccines reduce “death and serious illness” from the main strains of the disease.
He said that in the run-up to the review of lockdown restrictions in England in the week beginning February 15, the Government would be accumulating more data so it could start charting a way forward, starting with the reopening of schools.
The Government will set out its “road map” for the coming months on February 22, following a review of the lockdown, with March 8 targeted as the earliest possible date for reopening schools and easing other measures.
When the last lockdown ended, England returned to tiered arrangements which restricted the activities permitted in an area depending on the state of the virus.
Mr Johnson told reporters in Batley, West Yorkshire: “It may be that a national approach, going down the tiers in a national way, might be better this time round, given that the disease is behaving much more nationally.
“If you look at the way the new variant has taken off across the country, it’s a pretty national phenomenon.
“The charts I see, we’re all sort of moving pretty much in the same sort of way, I mean there are a few discrepancies, a few differences, so it may be that we will go for a national approach but there may be an advantage still in some regional differentiation as well. I’m keeping an open mind on that.”
MPs will at the end of this month debate proposals for getting students back into schools, a minister has announced.
Speaking during the business statement in the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg said proceedings on Thursday February 25 will include “a general debate on the proposal for a national education route map for schools and colleges in response to the Covid-19 outbreak”.
It comes as the Government faces mounting pressure from some Conservative MPs to get children back to physical learning as soon as possible.