LEIGH'S MP and the leader of Wigan Council have reacted to the governments latest announcement regarding the roadmap out of coronavirus lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the four-step roadmap on Monday, February 22, providing key tests over vaccines and the virus are met.

Schools are set to return on March 8 and outdoor hospitality and hairdressers are among businesses which can return on April 12, with a full reopening of hospitality from May 17.

Reacting to the news, MP for Leigh James Grundy said: "The announcement by the Prime Minister of this national plan to lift lockdown will come as a huge relief to my constituents.

"Starting with the reopening of schools on the March 8, we will gradually see a safe, phased return to normality as shops, gyms, hairdressers, pubs and all the other ordinary things that we have been doing without come back into operation.

"Everything should be reopen again by the June 21.

"It is thanks to a truly remarkable national effort that we will be the first major world economy to be able to vaccinate all adults, and I'd like thank everyone involved in the vaccination programme, which underpins the plan to lift lockdown.

"If anyone requires any information or advice about the plan, I would ask they get in touch with my office, and we'll be delighted to help."

Meanwhile, Wigan Council leader David Molyneux added: "“I personally would like to thank Wigan Borough residents for their continued commitment in helping to curb the spread of the virus.

“The dates laid out by the Prime Minister yesterday give our communities and local businesses something to work towards, however, it is imperative that people continue to only leave the home for essential reasons while the national ‘stay at home’ guidance is still in place.

“Although Wigan Borough’s rates continue to decrease, they remain higher than the national average. Any easing of lockdown should be delivered with caution.

“And, with the news that more people are being asked to start or continue shielding, the council remains ready to step up and support all communities – including our vulnerable residents. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need help."

"Please visit wigan.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information."