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Explainer: What are the differences between the Irish and UK lockdown exit roadmaps?

The finer points of Boris Johnson's plan as England witnesses immediate ease in restrictions

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How have Boris and Leo differed in their roadmap approach? File photo of Johnson and Varadkar walking in the gardens of Thornton Manor, near Liverpool. Photo:  Noel Mullen

How have Boris and Leo differed in their roadmap approach? File photo of Johnson and Varadkar walking in the gardens of Thornton Manor, near Liverpool. Photo: Noel Mullen

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson goes for a walk in Central London following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, London, Britain, May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson goes for a walk in Central London following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, London, Britain, May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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How have Boris and Leo differed in their roadmap approach? File photo of Johnson and Varadkar walking in the gardens of Thornton Manor, near Liverpool. Photo: Noel Mullen

Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to reopen England after weeks of Covid-19 lockdown. Despite having one of the highest coronavirus death rates in Europe, the Prime Minister is moving far quicker to ease social-distancing restrictions than his counterparts in Ireland.

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During his televised address on Sunday, Mr Johnson urged people who could not work from home to return to work.

This means certain employees, such as construction and manufacturing workers, are returning to work today. The Prime Minster has come in for criticism for asking people to return to work while also asking them to avoid public transport.