BORIS Johnson will on Monday set out how millions of Britons will enjoy new freedoms from July 19 after enduring months of Covid restrictions.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce that social distancing, compulsory face masks and quarantine for vaccinated travellers will be scrapped on “Freedom Day”. The school bubble system is to be ditched and replaced by daily testing and Mr Johnson will announce changes to the Government’s working from home guidance. He will also deliver an update on the next steps for care home visits.
The Downing Street press conference is aimed at giving businesses and the public more time to prepare.
Mr Johnson is also likely to scrap the QR code sign-in requirement for pubs and restaurants to curb the number of people being forced to isolate through the NHS app.
Those who have received both doses of a Covid jab will also not be required to self-isolate when they come into contact with someone who tests positive for the virus.
Speaking ahead of the announcement Mr Johnson said: “Thanks to the successful rollout of our vaccination programme, we are progressing cautiously through our roadmap.
“Today we will set out how we can restore people’s freedoms when we reach step 4. But I must stress that the pandemic is not over and that cases will continue to rise over the coming weeks. As we begin to learn to live with this virus, we must all continue to carefully manage the risks from Covid and exercise judgement when going about our lives.”
The final lifting of Covid restrictions will be confirmed next Monday if the Government’s “four tests” for easing have been met.
The latest data and scientific modelling suggest that cases will continue to rise as restrictions are eased, but the link to hospitalisations and deaths has been weakened due to the vaccination programme.
As of 2 July, there were 27,714 new positive cases in England. There are now 1,611 patients in hospital with COVID-19.
Official estimates show that 1 in 260 people now have the virus.