WITH the 15 million jab vaccine target now reached, more priority groups being invited for the jab, infection rates, deaths and hospitalisations falling, focus is switching to when lockdown may be lifted.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to layout his "roadmap" out of lockdown on February 22, and we already know the Government plans to reopen schools on March 8.

It's been said that Mr Johnson and his most senior colleagues have "broadly decided" what this roadmap will look like, but besides on schools no dates are concrete.

The route out of lockdown also depends on how effective the vaccine has been at reducing serious illness, death and - crucially - stopping transmission, and data on this is due to be put out by scientists this week.

But when will other parts of society, such as shops, pubs, grassroots and professional sport and more be back open?

There is rife speculation about when different parts of the economy will reopen, ranging from a few weeks time to months in the future.

It's believed a national tiering approach will be used, allowing areas with lower infection rates to open up sooner than those still struggling with Covid.

It has been reported that from March 8, people will be allowed to socialise - rather than just exercise - with one other person outside.

At the end of March, it is thought that pubs and restaurants will reopen, but only for outside service, while outdoor sports where social distancing is very easy, such as golf and tennis, will be back open in April.

It is also thought that all shops, pubs and restaurants are expected to be open between May and August.

There have also been rumours that the Rule of Six could return outdoors in the Spring, and the idea of self-catering holidays in the UK at Easter have also been discussed.

The Prime Minister's roadmap announcement is now just seven days away, when all will be revealed.