Back to normal! UK PM Boris Johnson outlines end to England’s covid restrictions

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UK PM Boris Johnson (Image: Screengrab from his address)
UK PM Boris Johnson (Image: Screengrab from his address)

London : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday outlined his plans to end social and economic COVID-19 restrictions in England in coming two weeks, in a test of whether a rapid vaccine rollout offers enough protection from the highly contagious Delta variant.

Mr Johnson has announced that England aims to end coronavirus restrictions in England by July 19. The final decision on this will be taken by the next week.

He mentioned that with relaxations, there will be no restriction on social contact, the instruction to work from home, and mandates to wear face masks.

Boris Johnson believes that with the help of quick vaccination England will be able to break the link between infection and admission to hospitals, preventing health services from getting overwhelmed due to new wave of coronavirus.

Under plans, nightclubs will be allowed to reopen and there will be no limits on capacity of hospitality venues. Social distancing guidelines will be scrapped.

“We must be honest with ourselves that if we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks when we will be helped by the arrival of summer and by the school holidays, then we must ask ourselves when will we be able to return to normal?” Johnson said at a news conference. “We will move away from legal restrictions and allow people to make their own informed decisions about how to manage the virus,” Johnson said.