English schools will reopen March 8, outdoor sport starts again on March 29 - Zahawi

This is about a gradual reopening of the whole of England

  
A social distancing health message is seen outside of a secondary school in London, Britain December 29, 2020.

A social distancing health message is seen outside of a secondary school in London, Britain December 29, 2020.

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LONDON - Schools in England will re-open on March 8, while two families or six people will be able to meet outside from March 29 as the country's COVID-19 restrictions are eased, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday.

"The view is very much that this is about a gradual reopening of the whole of England, not regional," he told LBC Radio.

"Children first, then the priority is schools, two people able to meet outdoors and maybe have a coffee together, that is also on the 8th of March. Then (on the) 29th, two families, or rule of six, and outdoor sports (will be allowed to start again)."

(Reporting by Sarah Young and Paul Sandle, editing by Elizabeth Piper) ((paul.sandle@thomsonreuters.com; +44 20 7542 6843; Reuters Messaging: paul.sandle.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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