LOCKDOWN has been difficult to us all for many reasons.

A majority of businesses are temporarily closed and fearing for their future due to the pandemic’s poor economic impact, our once busy town centres are now littered with empty shops and no one around.

We also cannot see our families or friends or even hug our loved ones.

The reasons for a lockdown are to limit social mixing to lower coronavirus cases across towns and around the country and it appears it is working, with case numbers dropping.

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Bracknell News:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the easing of lockdown restrictions will be based on a "cautious and prudent approach” as he faces calls to unveil a roadmap out of lockdown.

We asked our readers on Facebook what restrictions they want to see lifted first and this is what they have suggested.

'Bigger bubbles. To go to a friends for a coffee. To pop by and say hi to the outlaws and hopefully snag a bit of cake.'

This was a popular suggestion from our readers, who all clearly miss seeing their families and friends in person, as opposed to on a video call.

‘Secondary schools, primary schools! – Parents urge return to schools

Schools are likely to be one of the first areas to reopen, with a rumoured date of March 8.

A number of readers simply commented they wanted schools to reopen. Just from a quick count, seven people said they wanted this to open first.

This suggests it's important to get children back to school for some normality.

'5 months since my last haircut, Wurzel Gummidge would be proud' - Hairdressers

Some readers have been feeling desperate for a hair cut since lockdown restrictions were put in place.

Some people have allowed their partners cut their hair but many people have let their hair grow out.

Many people are yearning for the reopening of salons so their ‘lockdown hair’ can be cut and styled again.

Edith Weare said: "Hairdressers! 5 months since my last haircut, Wurzel Gummidge would be proud!"

Nicholas Jones said: "Barbers. I need a haircut."

Calls for gyms to reopen

Bracknell residents also made their voices heard that they would like gyms to reopen first.

Many readers think the mental health benefits of gyms staying open far outweighs being closed during the pandemic.

Rob Neesham said: "Gyms...should never have closed in the first place!"

Caroline Baldwin said: "Gyms! Desperate to get back."

When will lockdown restrictions be lifted or eased?

At the moment, there is no clear date of when lockdown measures will be eased or relaxed and any indication of what will reopen first.

The Prime Minister stressed that any easing of restrictions needs to be done in stages and said that his road map out of lockdown on Monday will be done in a way that ensures it is “irreversible”.

Mr Johnson was asked whether he agrees with Professor Dame Angela McLean’s comments to the Commons Science and Technology Committee that any unlocking should be based on “data, not dates”.

Speaking to reporters from a mass vaccination centre in Cwmbran, South Wales, the Prime Minister said: “I do think that’s absolutely right.

“That’s why we’ll be setting out what we can on Monday about the way ahead and it’ll be based firmly on a cautious and prudent approach to coming out of lockdown in such a way to be irreversible.”

Mr Johnson said easing restrictions should be done “cautiously” as he noted that hospitality was one of the last sectors to reopen after the first lockdown.

“I know there’s a lot of understandable speculation in the papers and people coming up with theories about what we’re going to do, what we’re going to say, and about the rates of infection, and so on,” he told reporters.

“I would just advise everybody just wait, we’ll try and say as much as we can on that.”