April 13, 2021

Coronavirus lockdown: How can we lift restrictions?

When can I see my family? Have friends round? Have a night out? A holiday? Or even go back to work? When can children go back to school?

Lockdowns have been essential for containing the spread of coronavirus, but they are causing huge disruption, and distress, to lives around the world.

So when can they be lifted?

There are big decisions for governments to make – when to act, which restrictions to lift, how to contain the virus instead and how to balance saving lives today with long-term damage to society.

This is going to be a long journey – don’t think it will all be over in a few weeks.

“Essentially we’ve got a lot of not very good options, it won’t be one day and everything will change, but things could open up,” Dr Adam Kucharski, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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