Boris Johnson’s roadmap to ease lockdown will start with more freedom to exercise and back-to-work moves from Wednesday – Telegraph.co.uk

Pupils in reception, year one and year six classes will be the first to go back to school depending on the R rate and the five-stage threat level unveiled by the Government at the weekend.

If the return does not have a detrimental impact, other primary school year groups could return before the Summer holidays.

Secondary school pupils and university students are not going to return before September although ministers propose that children in the crucial first year of GCSE and A-level courses should have one to one meetings with their teachers to discuss their work plans and study needs.

The Association of School and College (ASCL) leaders say vulnerable or priority pupils who are most at risk of not learning at home should be prioritised.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has joined with other unions in opposing a return unless demands a 'test and trace' system for coronavirus is fully operational for schools and extra funds for deep cleaning and personal protective equipment.

Unions are also seeking flexibility over how they organise the return so that they can have staggered start and finishing times to prevent parents and pupils mixing at the beginning and end of the day.

Road closures are also being considered so parents taking children to and from school can maintain the two metre limit from other families.

Schools will also be expected to introduce strict handwashing regimes on pupils arrival, when returning to class after breaktimes, after sneezing, coughing or wiping nose and to avoid sharing toys, pencils and balls or disinfect after each use. Retailers of non essential goods may also be allowed to reopen in the second phase but it will be conditional on their introducing measures to ensure the two metre social distancing.

This will include measures outside and inside stores, introducing plexiglass screens at tills and limiting numbers both in store and in socially distanced warehousing operations.

The British Retail Consortium has submitted a report to the Government recommending that if non-essential shops reopen, changing rooms should stay closed and in-store seating and services such as advice, personal shopping or nail bars should be limited.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce as part of the second phase that all visitors to Britain will be quarantined in a bid to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus.

Travellers arriving in the UK will be required to fill in a digital form and declare an address where they will then be expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

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