On 21 February, the UK Prime Minister set out the government’s plan for “living with COVID-19”. This strapline is much less a hostage to fortune than the last Freedom Day, since we all know how that ended.
The government has already lifted the majority of legal restrictions on businesses, but this latest announcement sets out the timescale for also removing the remaining domestic restrictions in England, subject to appropriate parliamentary scrutiny. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the Devolved Administrations will set out separately how the transition will be managed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
To assist employers, we have produced a timeline setting out the key dates for businesses. We have also highlighted key issues for them to consider as we enter this next stage of the pandemic.