LAST night, a 'roadmap' was laid out that could help lift coronavirus restrictions – but what does this mean for Barnsley residents?

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed a four-step plan that could see life return to some normality over the coming months.

 

The first phase of the plan includes re-opening schools from March 8, which may be of some comfort to parents across the borough who have been homeschooling their children since the new year.

 

Also, under the first phase, you will be able to leave home to meet with one person outside your household for a coffee or picnic outdoors.

 

From March 29, outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed.

 

Phase two will begin from April 12.

 

Non-essenetial retail, hairdressers, nail salons, and libraries will all be allowed to re-open.

 

A trip to the Metrodome may also be on the cards as indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools will be permitted to re-open.

 

A holiday may be available for many as phase two will allow self-contained accommodation to re-open. This may be holiday cottages or camping sites where facilities are not shared.

 

Phase three will begin on May 17 and will allow outdoor performances such as outdoor cinemas and theatres.

 

Energetic tots will have the chance to play in soft play areas as they are set to re-open during this phase.

 

Up-to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, funerals, and other life envents.

 

And finally, the day most of us will have in their diaries... June 21.

 

The final stage of the plan includes removing all limits on social contact and re-opening night clubs.

 

This is providing that the vaccination scheme has gone to plan, and the infection rate has fallen low enough to support this.

 

For most, this will come as a light at the end of the tunnel, but what do you think?