THE Prime Minister has drafted a five-step plan to lift the UK lockdown after announcing that some measures could be relaxed as early as next week, it has been reported.

Boris Johnson made the announcement yesterday during Prime Minister's Questions, his first appearance at the House of Commons in six months.

In that time he has battled a bout of coronavirus and the UK death toll from the illness has risen to more than 30,000.

Richmond and Twickenham Times:

Mr Johnson said: "We have to be sure that the data is going to support our ability to do this (relax the lockdown measures). That data is coming in continuously over the next few days and we will want, if we possibly can, to get going with some of these measures on Monday.

"I think it will be a good thing if people have an idea of what is coming the following day (with a further announcement due to be made on Sunday) and I think the weekend is the best time to do it.

"But, of course, the house will be fully informed and the house will have the full opportunity to debate."

Now The Mirror has reported that the Government has drafted a 50-page plan which aims to lift the lockdown and return the UK to normal over a six month period.

Richmond and Twickenham Times:

The publication said that, from Monday, unlimited exercise would be allowed and people whose workplaces have remained open throughout the lockdown will be encouraged to return to work.

It also stated that garden centres could reopen with further guidance released on the use of outdoor areas such as open-air markets, high streets and cemeteries.

In phase two, which would take place at the end of May or start of June, it is alleged there would be a phased return of pupils to primary schools across the country - starting with older age groups.

Households could also be allowed to meet with one other household of family or friends.

Richmond and Twickenham Times:

At the end of June, The Mirror reported that a phased return of pupils to secondary schools would be implemented before the summer holidays. Gatherings of less than 30 people could be allowed as well as some smaller-sided team sports such as five-a-side football.

Cafes with outdoor seating may be allowed to reopen, with the potential for the return of the Premier League - though matches would be held behind closed doors.

In the fourth stage, at the end of August or start of September, pubs, bars and restaurants could reopen but the sites will be ordered to enforce strict social distancing rules.

Richmond and Twickenham Times:

The final phase, in October, could see the return of fans to football matches and the reopening of gyms.

But there would still be restrictions in place as authorities attempt to avoid a second wave of coronavirus.