Compulsory face coverings and social distancing will be scrapped after the 19th of July according to new reports.
The original “Freedom Day” of the 21st June was initially postponed after health experts worried about the lack of vaccinations offered to younger adults and the spread of the Delta variant which originated in India.
Now reports are suggesting that Boris Johnson will press ahead with the 19th of July and that current restrictions on social interactions will end.
The Sunday Times report that mask wearing will become voluntary, the one metre rule will end in hospital venues and excitingly, large events such as festivals will be allowed to go ahead.
In the Mail on Sunday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid who has taken over from Matt Hancock wrote, “The economic arguments for opening up are well known, but for me, the health arguments are equally compelling.
“The pandemic has hit some groups disproportionately hard. Rules that we have had to put in place have caused a shocking rise in domestic violence and a terrible impact on so many people’s mental health.”
The news comes as Downing Street consider plans to scrap the need for quarantine for those who have had two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The vaccine is currently available to all adults over the age of 18 and according to data, 65.7 million vaccines have been given in England.
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