Families will be able to see each other again outdoors from the March 29, it has just been announced.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has this morning given some indications of when different areas of lockdown may be eased in interviews on radio and TV.

One of the key areas he has announced is when families will be able to meet outdoors.

He said the focus of easing lockdown restrictions is “steady as she goes” as he said there would be an easing of restrictions on outdoor socialising.

Asked if travelling distances to see family would be permitted from March 29, he said: “As long as it’s outdoors, and it is two families, or the rule of six, then that is what will be permitted if the four tests continue to be delivered upon.

“So at the moment, the focus is very much on the steady as she goes. Outdoor versus indoor, priority being children in schools, second priority is obviously allowing two people on March 8 to meet outside for a coffee to address some of the issues around loneliness and of course mental health as well.

“And then the 29th is two families or rule of six coming together and outdoor sporting activities as well.”