Boris Johnson has confirmed the Government’s roadmap to bring Britain out of Covid-19 restrictions by June 21 – one day before England take on Czech Republic at Euro 2020.
The UK Prime Minister has come up with a four-step plan to cautiously ease the coronavirus lockdown over the next four months, which will first see schools and small outdoor activities allowed on March 8.
Two weeks later outdoor gatherings of six people or two households will be allowed, while outdoor sports facilities and organised sport will return.
That’s before the huge second step on April 12 that will reopen non-essential retail, such as hairdressers and museums, indoor leisure centres and outdoor hospitality, such as beer gardens and theme parks.
The third step – which will see the rule of six abolished for outdoor gatherings and cinemas, hotels and sporting venues reopen, then comes on May 17, before the fourth and final step of all legal social restrictions being lifted comes on Monday 21 June.
And with England due to play their third and final Euro 2020 group match against Czech Republic at Wembley on Tuesday 22 June, Three Lions fans are absolutely overjoyed.
One wrote on Twitter: “UK lockdown is set to end on the 21st of June. England v Czech Republic in the Euros is scheduled for 8pm on the 22nd of June. Hook this right into my veins.”
Another put: “Imagine – just IMAGINE – the pub on Tuesday, 22nd June for England V Czech Republic (if everything goes well). Genuinely think I'll cry. I would never usually frequent a nightclub on a Tuesday (or actually any other day), but – y'know – when in Rome…"
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A third commented: “England vs Czech Republic – June 22. That'll be one giant party if it happens.”
While one said: “June 21st – Provisional 'normal life can resume' date. June 22nd – England v Czech Republic. I've got a ticket. Sun, limbs, massive pint of AstraZeneca. Hold me.”
Premier League fans will also be able to attend fixtures again on the final day of the 2020/21 campaign.
The last round of top-flight matches this season comes on May 23, with up to 10,000 spectators allowed to return in venues that hold at least 40,000 people.
For smaller grounds, up to 25 per cent of their capacity will be reintroduced.
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