THE next stage of the UK's path out of Covid lockdown will be revealed TODAY.
Boris Johnson is expected to reveal a 'traffic light' system for restarting international travel, when he speaks later on Monday, April 5.
What time is Boris Johnson's announcement today?
The Prime Minister is to lead a press conference, which is expected around 5pm today.
His announcements will come after Cabinet has met online to discuss our next stage towards freedom.
When will foreign holidays be allowed?
With cooped-up Brits itching to escape this island, the PM is expected to answer the question everyone has been asking – when can we go on overseas hols.
He will reveal more about what might happen when international travel resumes.
The earliest day for that is May 17, on the government's roadmap – in time for the May holidays – or June 21, in time for summer holidays.
There has been much talk of a 'traffic light system', featuring countries split into safer green, dodgy red or the riskier amber categories.
Travel destinations will be ranked green, amber or red according to virus risk, Downing Street explained in a statement late Saturday, with more details to emerge today.
Brits heading to low-risk "green" countries will simply take a virus test before and after they travel, the government said.
But those going to amber or red countries will have to self-isolate or quarantine afterwards.
Currently people arriving in the UK from abroad are required to self-isolate for 10 days.
British nationals who arrive from a banned "red list" of high-risk countries face costly quarantine in government-approved hotels.
The government has urged people not to book summer holidays, saying it was "too early to predict" which would be the green-lighted countries.
Its new system "will help ensure the UK's vaccine progress isn't jeopardised and provide clear guidance for travellers", the government added.
When will UK staycations be allowed?
Self-catered accommodation will be able to reopen from April 12, but only for one household meaning you cannot go on holiday with friends or family.
Hotels and group holidays will then resume from May 17 – this can only be for two households, with no limit on people, or the rule of six from more than two households.
Hotels and group holidays with no restrictions will go ahead from June 21.
Day trips will also be allowed to go ahead from April 12, which will include attractions such as zoos and theme parks, although indoor hospitality will not resume until May 17.
UK campsites have been pulling out all the stops for what is expected be the biggest staycation summer ever.
What else is Boris Johnson expected to announce?
Apart from the latest Covid and vaccination statistics, we can expect to hear both short-term announcements, and a look ahead to longer terms goals, says BBC News.
The Cabinet will meet online to discuss the potential relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England before the PM leads a press conference later in the day.
But, the latest coronavirus data is expected to be "in the right place for England to move to Step 2 of the roadmap from next Monday, reopening non-essential shops, hairdressers, gyms and allowing pubs and hospitality venues to serve outside," the broadcaster adds.
From April 12 at the earliest shops, hairdressers, nail salons, libraries, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality venues such as beer gardens are expected to reopen.
Mr Johnson earmarked today for an update on the review into coronavirus health certificates. But he has suggested it may come later, on April 12.
Apart from trips abroad, we should hear more about these Covid status certificates, in relation to mass events, such as sports matches and music festivals.
These prove whether you've had a recent negative Covid test, you've had the jab, or you've had coronavirus in the past six months.
The government has announced it will allow a number of people to attend public events such as football matches from this month in trials of this virus certification system.
But it has not made clear whether it will issue "virus passports" for international travel, an idea backed by many tourism-dependent countries and airlines but opposed by more than 70 MPs.
The UK has already give more than 31 million first vaccine doses and over 5 million second doses.
The rollout has far outstripped popular holiday destinations such as France.
How can I watch Boris Johnson's speech
You can watch it via The Sun Online's YouTube page, or follow our dedicated Coronavirus liveblog.
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