Boris Johnson has announced the first steps to easing the lockdown he imposed seven weeks ago to deal with coronavirus.

People in England will be allowed to exercise more than once a day, sit and sunbathe in parks and on beaches, and go for a drive from Wednesday.

But the vast majority of rules imposed on March 23 remain in place - as Mr Johnson warned "this is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week."

And Dominic Raab was forced to clarify today that visits to friends and families' homes are still banned.

While two people from two households can sit 2m away in the park, "people cannot mix within homes" and gatherings of more than 2 people in public are banned unless you're from the same household.

Dominic Raab was forced to clarify today that visits to friends and families' homes are still banned

Schools and all non-essential shops will remain shut until at least June, with pubs expected to be closed beyond July.

And with the risk that the virus could run rampant again, the fine for breaching remaining rules will be almost doubled to £100, up to a cap of £3,200.

But those who can't work from home are being urged to return to work from Wednesday.

And the overall message has switched from "stay at home" to "stay alert" - a situation that has prompted alarm and anger.

Many say even the limited easing comes far too soon - with England still seeing thousands of new Covid-19 infections and hundreds of deaths per day.

And Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all stopped short of easing the lockdown in the way Boris Johnson has.

Labour leader Keir Starmer warned: "This statement raises more questions than it answers.

"We see the prospect of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland pulling in different directions.

"The Prime Minister appears to be effectively telling millions of people to go back to work without a clear plan for safety or clear guidance as to how to get there without using public transport.

"What the country wanted tonight was clarity and consensus, but we haven't got either of those."

The Police Federation of England and Wales warned of "extreme pressure" being placed on the officers it represents by the relaxation of rules.

National chairman John Apter said: "What we need from the Prime Minister and the Government now is clear and unambiguous messaging and guidance, explaining what exactly is expected of the public, so that my colleagues can do their level best to police it."

The changes this week come into effect this Wednesday - because they need time to be enacted in Parliament - and apply to England only.

Boris Johnson announced the changes tonight with a controversial new message

While some of these changes also apply in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, it is for those governments to decide exactly how to proceed.

Here's what we know you can and can't do in England.

10 things you can do from Wednesday

1. Exercise more than once per day

"From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise," Boris Johnson announced.

The rule that you could only take exercise once per day will be scrapped.

The 'once a day' rule was never laid down in the law, but it was in government guidance since March 23.

You will be able to sunbathe and read a book in the park from Wednesday (file photo)

2. Sit in the park or on a beach - 2 metres from others

From Wednesday you will no longer have to keep moving all the time in parks and other public places (other than for a short rest).

It is understood you will be allowed to sit and sunbathe or read a book, for example.

The condition is that you must be at least 2 metres from people outside your own household.

The same rules that apply to parks will apply to beaches. That means you can sunbathe or read a book on a beach, just as you could in the park.

Again, you may only do this with members of your own household. You must be at least 2 metres from all other households.

Community Support Officers patrol the beach on May 9 in Brighton

3. Go to a garden centre

Garden centres are, along with golf courses and tennis courts (below), expected to reopen from Wednesday in England.

4. Drive to other places for (socially distanced) outdoor activity

Boris Johnson said in his speech that "you can drive to other destinations" from Wednesday.

It has not yet been spelt out what this means.

It suggests you will be able to drive to national parks or beaches that are not within walking distance of your home.

However, people must wait until the full roadmap to be published on Monday for fuller details.

5. Meet one friend or relative in the park - if you stay two metres away from each other

Government officials said that from Wednesday, you may sit with someone from another household in public under certain circumstances.

Those are if you stay 2 metres apart - and if there are only two of you, one from each household.

So for example, one person can meet another person from a separate household in a socially distanced way and chat from 2 metres away.

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But you can't bend the rule to have a very spread-out party in the park with your mates.

6. Play golf and tennis - but only with members of your own household

Golf courses and tennis courts will be allowed to open from Wednesday in England.

However, you would still have to play only with members of your own household.

Other sports may be allowed but there is no word on football - which obviously cannot be carried out in a socially distanced way, and usually needs more people than are in the average household.

7. Go angling and swim in lakes and the sea

Angling and water sports are also to be allowed to resume in England from Wednesday. Again, you must be within your own household and 2 metres from other households.

You can also swim in lakes and the sea as long as you’re socially distant - but not outdoor swimming pools. Or indoor swimming pools, which like gyms remain closed for the foreseeable.

8. Go back to work - if you can't work from home

This is more a "should do" than a "can do".

Boris Johnson announced a "change in emphasis" - rather than strictly a change in the rules - from this week for who should and shouldn't be at work.

He said: "Anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.

"Work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home."

The Prime Minister said the government has been working to establish new guidance for firms to make workplaces safe.

But he did not say when it would be published - which is likely to spark fears over how workers will be kept safe or whether they'll all be 2 metres apart.

9. See a personal trainer in the park

"A personal trainer can have a session in a park with one client," a No10 spokesman said.

This is because you're allowed to see one person from another household in the park, as long as you're both two metres away and don't bring anyone with you.

10. Help a vulnerable person

Government guidance says: "You can go out to care for or help a vulnerable person, or to provide other voluntary or charitable services, following the advice set out here. You should not do so if you have coronavirus symptoms, however mild.

"Wherever possible, you should stay at least two metres away from others, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available)."

10 things you can't do

1. Have any kind of gathering with people outside your household

None of the changes allow you to gather with multiple people from outside your household.

You can still be fined for having a party or a group of more than two - unless you're from the same household.

And you can still be fined for having a big gathering of people in the park or on the beach, even if you remain 2 metres apart.

The exceptions are the same as they were before - an essential work gathering; funerals; necessary house moves, or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person.

You may also provide emergency assistance, or participate in legal proceedings or fulfil a legal obligation.

The one change is that one person from one household can sit in the park (2 metres away) with one person from another household, as described earlier in this article.

Police seen outside St Thomas Hospital in Westminster

2. Visit friends or family

Because you cannot gather with people from outside your household, you still cannot visit friends and family members at their home.

Exceptions already existed for supporting a vulnerable person - i.e., bringing food or medicine to an elderly relative.

But you cannot go to have a cuppa with your mum or gran - even if you stay socially distanced on the doorstep.

3. Go to non-essential shops - or pubs, bars or restaurants

Pubs, bars and restaurants remain shut - and will be for the foreseeable future

Pubs, bars and restaurants remain shut for the foreseeable future.

Non-essential shops that are currently closed also have no reopening date, and won't reopen until June at the earliest.

Boris Johnson outlined a "step three" in coming out of lockdown in July which will see some places in the hospitality industry reopen.

However, it's not thought this will include pubs - even beer gardens.

Instead it's likely to be a limited reopening of some outdoor cafes or restaurants that have an outdoor dining area where groups can be kept 2m apart.

It's understood cinemas and places of worship may be among other sites that can reopen in around July - again, if they can keep people 2 metres apart.

Gyms and indoor swimming pools, along with the vast majority of other businesses that shut in March, remain closed and there is currently no date for them to reopen.

4. Play football

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested people will not be allowed to play football under the relaxed lockdown rules.

He told BBC Breakfast: "No I don't think so because you can't stay two metres apart.

"So, we do want people to play more sport and let me give you one example of something you can do.

"Two people from the same home could go and play tennis, because that's something where they could stay two metres apart from everyone else.

"What you couldn't then do, and this is why we say you've got to stay alert, you couldn't then go into the clubhouse and mill around where you will be within two metres of other people.

"So, football would be one of those where I think would be very difficult to stay two metres apart if you're playing, you know, 11-a-side or even five-a-side."

5. Drive to Scotland or Wales

Dominic Raab told BBC Breakfast: "You can drive as far as you want to drive to go and walk in a park or a particular area that you're fond of as long as you maintain the social distancing.

"But obviously, if you're going from one part of the UK to another, so if you're going from England to Wales or from Scotland to Wales and different rules are in place because the devolved administrations take a different approach you need to be very mindful of the regulations that they've got in place."

6. Go out if you are one of 1.5million people being 'shielded'

There is no change to guidance for the 1.5million people in England who are “shielded” because they are exceptionally clinically vulnerable.

These are the people who were told to stay indoors for 12 weeks due to a specific medical condition that makes them vulnerable to Covid-19.

Those in this group are meant to have been told directly.

7. Send your children to school - though that will change soon for primaries

At the moment, schools remain closed except for the children of key workers. However, that will change.

The government is hoping all primary school pupils in England will be back in class for at least a few weeks before the summer holidays.

Returns will begin from June 1 at the earliest with nurseries and primary years R, 1 and 6.

Other primary year groups would follow if it is possible before the summer holidays.

However, all timings are still conditional on the virus being brought down to an acceptable level in the UK. They could all be pushed back.

Returns will begin from June 1 at the earliest with nurseries and primary years R, 1 and 6

Secondary school pupils in England will not resume lessons at all before the summer, it is understood.

Only Years 10 and 12 are scheduled to return to schools before September in the PM’s lockdown ‘roadmap’.

But while this will involve face-to-face contact with teachers, these will be support for home learning.

There are no plans for secondary school lessons in the usual sense before the break, sources confirmed.

Government sources said the realistic time period for secondary school lessons to fully resume is September.

8. Break any of the lockdown rules - otherwise you'll face an increased fine

While some of the lockdown rules are being eased, the fine for breaking the ones that are still in place will be increased.

The starting point for a first offence will now be £100 - almost double the £60 previous rate.

That will halve to £50 if paid within 14 days.

But for repeat offenders it will double on each subsequent offence up to a limit of £3,200.

9. Go on public transport, if you can help it

Boris Johnson urged a nationwide push to come off public transport.

He said: "When you do go to work, if possible do so by car or even better by walking or bicycle.

"Just as with workplaces, public transport operators will also be following COVID-secure standards."

London mayor Sadiq Khan has previously warned the number of people on Tubes and buses must be drastically cut to keep people 2 metres apart.

A double decker bus would be able to carry just 15 passengers.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Saturday that even with England's public transport network running at full capacity, it could only safely cater for 10% of the usual passenger load with the two-metre social distancing rule in place.

Public transport won't have any more formal restrictions than they do now - but you'll be urged to stay away

10. Go on holiday or fly freely into the UK - without a lengthy quarantine

You are still banned from going to second homes or holiday homes, or driving far enough that you have to stay somewhere overnight.

Meanwhile the Foreign Office is still advising against all non-essential travel overseas.

And international passengers will soon be quarantined for 14 days after arriving into the UK.That includes Brits returning from holiday.?

Ireland and France should be exempt.

... And pretty much anything else you can't do at the moment

Our list of things you can do has deliberately included pretty much everything that'll change from Wednesday.

If something was banned under lockdown, then unless you've seen it on our list, you should assume it is still banned until told otherwise.