The actual document allows for any restrictions to remain indefinitely. There's nothing solid at all. Its an exercise in creative writing.
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... g_2021.pdf
Paragraph 5 confirms their case-led approach...
Paragraph 11 local or national lockdowns due to variants. Para 26 reinforces that.
Paragraph 13. After its endemic replacing "Most" NPIs over time. So face-rags for years...
Paragraph 127 in June, the grand reopening has the massive caveat of "with appropriate mitigation measures". So still likely stupid plastic screens in pubs, table service, reduced capacity and so on.
The really dangerous one showing this will never end is here:
So there we go, even after June, some measures may have to remain in place indefinitely.128. As set out above, some measures may be required even after all adults have been
offered a vaccine, because neither coverage nor effectiveness of the vaccine will be
100%. As a result, a significant proportion of the population will remain vulnerable to
infection, some of whom will also be vulnerable to severe disease and death. T
So don't expect to not have to wear a face nappy in a shop or stand 2m apart to end any time soon, if ever.
The section on international travel strongly implies you'll need a vaccine passport to get *OUT* and doesn't see this happening any time soon (Page 41).
Paragraphs 196 and 197 under "Long term" set out clearly the continued use of test/trace/isolate indefinitely.
Lots of old/junk data there too. The long debunked fomite transmission from surfaces etc.
...and finally, every single data has in bold No Earlier Than. So its not a timetable, its a guarantee that change wont happen before then, its not a guarantee that change will happen on that date or in fact at all.
So in summary, no set dates for anything to change and an admission that NPIs will remain indefinitely and they reserve the right to reverse all of this with no notice. So much for "irreversible"...