Boris Johnson today reveals his long-awaited reopening “roadmap”. The Prime Minister will announce that the “stay at home” rule will be scrapped next month as outdoor sports return and families can finally meet in gardens. He will say that school sports will be allowed when children return to classrooms on March 8 and all organised outdoor sport will be permitted from March 29 – when guidance telling people to stay at home and in their local areas will also be lifted and the outdoor “rule of six” is expected to return. But the lifting of lockdown will be gradual, spread over at least four months. Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith explains the four stages of the roadmap and the data tests that must be met. It will go to full Cabinet today, with Parliament informed at 3.30pm and a press conference at 7pm. Follow live updates. From the reopening of pubs to summer holidays, read about everything to expect.
There has never been more pressure on Mr Johnson to deliver a roadmap that sticks to its course. But Associate Editor Camilla Tominey writes that, with the end in sight, caution is Mr Johnson’s biggest risk. While the cost of the pandemic in terms of lives has been at the forefront of policy, the cost of restrictions has been harder to quantify and often overlooked. Read about the reality of lockdowns for business, health and wellbeing.
Prince William hopes to repair rift with Prince Harry
The Duke of Cambridge is keen to focus on “purely family matters” with the Duke of Sussex, in order to repair their bond after work ties were finally severed, palace sources said. It is hoped that after months of bitter ruminations over the Sussexes’ decision to leave royal life, the brothers will be able to heal their rift by focusing on personal ties. But Victoria Ward reports that there is still concern at Buckingham Palace about the couple’s forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Food for thought: Real reason you cannot lose weight
A leading scientist is exposing the misunderstood science of metabolism after a startling realisation while living with an African tribe. We all know the more exercise you do, the more calories you burn and the slimmer you become, right? Well no, not exactly. Herman Pontzer, the author of Burn, tells Rosa Silverman why everything you thought you knew about your body’s metabolism is wrong.
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Falling out of the sky | United Airlines grounded 24 of its Boeing 777s last night after two jets using the same family of engines showered debris on the ground shortly after take-off. Air safety investigators on both sides of the Atlantic have opened inquiries. View extraordinary video and pictures of aircraft parts that landed in gardens and on cars.
Around the world: French bikers storm Paris
Some 6,000 motorcyclists took over the Champs-Elysées to protest against a reinstated ban on weaving between two lanes of cars. “The defining characteristic of having a two-wheeled vehicle is that you can circulate between lanes,” said Jean-Marc Belotti, from the French Federation of Angry Motorcyclists. Read more from Rebecca Rosman in Paris and view a gallery of this weekend’s most striking world pictures.
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