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At least five weeks between each step to ease lockdown in England

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers walk down Oxford Street, as a second lockdown in England ends, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain, December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - There will be at least five weeks between each step to ease lockdown measures in England, the government said on Monday as it set out key dates to reopen schools, shops, restaurants and other parts of the economy.

“It takes around four weeks for the data to show the impact of easing restrictions and the government will provide a further week’s notice to the public and businesses ahead of any further changes,” it said in its roadmap document.

“For that reason, there will be at least five weeks between the steps in the roadmap.”

Reporting by William James; writing by Costas Pitas; editing by James Davey

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