Just hours after it was revealed that the Prime Minister will delay his 22 February road map, Boris Johnson has claimed that he still plans to lift restrictions in 10 days.
However, a Downing Street spokesperson said that Johnson will not unveil it on 22 February, instead of that specific day.
On Friday, Home Office Minister, Victoria Atkins said that the Prime Minister will make his statement to the House of Commons outlining his roadmap a week on Monday.
Atkins told Sky News, “On February 22 the Prime Minister will make a statement to the House of Commons where he will set out our road map to ease lockdown.”
But on Thursday, the spokesperson said “We’ve been clear we will publish the roadmap on the week of the 22nd.
“We will set out the roadmap that week but you’ve got what we’ve said previously about trying to give schools as much notice as possible and we’ve said we’ll give at least two weeks.”
Mark Harper who chairs the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) warned that it is “crucial we don’t backslide on this.”
Johnson said, “On February 22, I’m going to be setting out a roadmap as far as we’re able to, giving everybody some more clarity, insofar as we can, about how we hope to unlock
“Beginning as you know I am sure with schools, we hope very much, from March 8. ‘But trying to set out the beginnings of a roadmap for the way forward for the whole country.”
If Boris Johnson were to adhere to Israel’s plans, and relied only on the first vaccine dose then shops could reopen in late February following restaurants by late March.