Prayer #336: For the United Kingdom's plans to Remove the COVID-19 Lockdown by June
The United Kingdom has been in a strict lockdown for about two months now, with schools, restaurants, entertainment venues and non-essential retail closed. Yesterday, the U.K.'s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a gradual reopening plan that will begin in March and come to completion in June. Beginning March 8th, schools will reopen to in-person learning, people will be able to meet more than one person outside for more than just exercise, and care homes can receive one visitor. Starting March 29th, outdoor gatherings of up to six people will be permitted, and outdoor sports will resume. On April 12th, non-essential retail, hair and nail salons, gyms, and pools can reopen. Beginning May 17th, pubs and restaurants, hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, cinemas and museums can open up again. And on June 21, all legal limits will come to an end and the country will be completely reopened.
This road map to reopening comes as the U.K. continues its aggressive vaccination rollout. Nearly 30% of that country's citizens have now been vaccinated. "We're setting out on what I hope and believe is a one-way road to freedom," Johnson said, "and this journey is made possible by the pace of the vaccination program."
Pray that this timetable could indeed be followed in the United Kingdom, perhaps even one that allows for the reopening of the country sooner. Pray for God's protection for those not yet vaccinated, for provision for those who are unemployed, and for businesses that are struggling to hang on economically. Pray that the U.K.'s vaccinations would continue to occur at this rapid pace.
Ps. 105:4: "Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His presence continually."