British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to set out his government’s roadmap for cautiously easing lockdown restrictions in England.
The first step of the easing of restrictions will be the return to school of all pupils by the second week in March.
Meeting one other person outdoors will also be permitted from then.
Organised outdoor sports and outdoor meetings in groups of six are planned to return from the end of March.
Johnson said decisions on each step will be made on the basis of scientific data on vaccine effectiveness, hospitalisation and infection rates.
He promised a cautious approach so as not to undo the progress made so far.