Residents of England no longer have to keep their distance from July 19 and go to large gatherings again. The mouth cap obligation in public transport and the advice to work from home are cancelled. People have to decide for themselves what precautions they take.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the long-awaited and previously postponed easing at a press conference. This is possible thanks to the “successful” vaccination program that started earlier in the UK than in other countries. This will allow England to continue on the route to more freedoms in two weeks.
For example, nightclubs and restaurants no longer apply for maximum visitor numbers. This puts an end to the “legal dictate” of restrictions on public life, the prime minister said. However, he says he continues to wear a mouth cap in busy places “out of protection and courtesy”.
The number of infections is rising due to the Delta variant, which will also lead to deaths, the prime minister acknowledged, who emphasized that the pandemic is “far from over”. The prime minister warned his compatriots to continue to be careful with the risks of Covid-19.
Johnson wants everyone to have a vaccine by mid-December. People under forty only have to wait eight weeks instead of twelve for a second shot. 86 percent of adult Britons have now had first injection and 64 percent a second.
The relaxation decision is expected to be made official in a week. The earlier four-week delay caused a lot of disappointment.