British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed hope that life could get back to normal by the end of June after setting out a four-step plan to ease coronavirus restrictions in England.

Starting with the return of pupils to schools from March 8, Johnson outlined a “gradual and cautious” approach to lifting curbs in England.

On the gradual plan, non-essential retail and hairdressers will reopen April 12. So will pubs and restaurants, though only outdoors.

As for indoor venues such as theatres and cinemas, and indoor seating in bars and restaurants, their scheduled date to open is May 17, when limited crowds will be able to return to sports stadiums.

According to Aljazeera, it is also the earliest date Britons may be allowed foreign holidays.

There is also a plan by the government the government to lift all limits on social contact from June 21. But the government says the dates could all be postponed if infections rise.

The measures announced apply to England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have slightly different lockdowns in place, with some children.