Speaking to the Commons, he said: “The end really is in sight and a wretched year will give way to a very different Spring and Summer ahead."
The PM stressed that these changes are dependant on four key steps which all have to be met, including:
The vaccine deployment programme continues
Jabs are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths
The infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations
The risk is not changed by new variants
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson will be allowing outdoor school sports and activities to resume next month.
People will also be allowed outdoors recreationally on a one-plus-one basis, while care home residents permitted one regular visitor and will be able to hold hands.
From March 29, up to six people from two households will be allowed in outdoor spaces, and on April 12 non-essential retail will open.
On May 17, indoor hospitality could return with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew.
There will also be a 30 person limit outdoors, with the rule of six will applying indoors.
Please see the full four-step plan below:
Step 1: From March 8, 2021
All schools to reopen
Outdoor school sports and activities allowed to resume
People allowed outdoors recreationally on a one-plus-one basis
Care home residents permitted one regular visitor and will be able to hold hands
Funerals to allow up to 30 people and weddings will allow 6
From March 29, 2021
Up to six people from two households allowed in outdoor spaces
Outdoor sports facilities to reopen (eg Tennis, Basketball courts)
Organised adult or children's sports activities can return
Outdoor child and parent groups can return (up to 15 parents)
Step 2: After five weeks of Step 1, NO earlier than April 12, 2021
Non-essential retail to open
Outdoor hospitality can reopen
Gyms and indoor leisure open for individual use
Hairdressers and personal care services can reopen
Outdoor attractions such as zoos, drive-thru cinemas and theme parks can reopen.
Funeral wakes, weddings and receptions can have up to 15 people
Step 3: After five weeks of Step 2, NO earlier than May 17, 2021
Indoor hospitality, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain
30 person limit outdoors - rule of six will apply indoors (subject to conditions)
International travel may be allowed (subject to conditions)
Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
Indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play area can open
Remaining accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs will be allowed to operate
Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes
Some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events
Significant life events allowed up to 30 people
Step 4: After at least five weeks of Step 3, NO earlier than June 21, 2021
Remove all legal limits on social contact, allowing people to meet indoors
Nightclubs, theatres allowed to reopen (subject to conditions)
All limits on weddings and other life events removed