The prime minister has reportedly begun to work on “top secret” plans significantly ease-out restrictions to allow families to meet over Easter.
Boris Johnson is said to be looking at Good Friday, on the first week of April as a key date for the easing out of lockdown measures.
A source told the Sun: “It’s way too soon to start talking about when, but the work is being done quietly on the how.
“The mood was very much about things happening later in the spring rather than early on. Beyond Easter is certainly possible. We don’t even know what the benchmark will be. It seems unlikely that vaccinating the over-70s will be enough,” the source added.
Despite the expected relaxation for the holiday, the lockdown is still expected to last “beyond Easter” as Covid cases across the UK soar. The deadliest day on record saw 1,610 new Covid victims, care home fatalities doubled while vaccinations slumped again.
Britain maintains the worst Covid death rate in the world amid shortages of Pfizer vaccine supplies. A government source said Pfizer`s supplies were already “very constrained “ and concerns are spreading through the cabinet that they may fail to reach the target.
In a statement, Senior cabinet minister Michael Gove said although restrictions will be reviewed on February 15 would be “progressively” and not suddenly lifted.
“I think it’s right to say that as we enter March we should be able to lift some of these restrictions, but not necessarily all,” he said.