England’s full national lockdown could be eased by March and the public should not expect a sudden relaxation of the rules.
Speaking to Sky News Michael Gove said that restrictions will be “progressively” relaxed and “should be able” to start being eased in March.
As the country are battling with the new mutant variant of the virus which is more transmissible, Gover warned of a “very difficult weeks ahead.”
Gove was asked how long the third lockdown will last, and he said that Ministers will “review the progress that we’ve made” on 15 February.
Gove added, “We hope that we will be able to progressively lift restrictions after that but what I can’t do is predict – nobody can predict – with accuracy exactly what we will be able to relax and when.
“What we do know is that the more effective our vaccination programme, the more people who are protected in that way, the easier it will be to lift these restrictions.”
Gove was asked again over a time frame for when the government will ease the lockdown, he said, “We will keep these constantly under review but you are absolutely right, we can’t predict with certainty that we will be able to lift restrictions in the week commencing February 15-22.
“What we will be doing is everything that we can to make sure that as many people as possible are vaccinated, so that we can begin to progressively lift restrictions.
“I think it is right to say that as we enter March we should be able to lift some of these restrictions but not necessarily all.”