FACE masks could become voluntary from July 19 as life slowly approaches normal, it has been reported.
Boris Johnson is reportedly pushing for major social distancing measures to be dropped in the coming weeks, despite an increase in cases.
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The one meter rule, the six rules and the 30-minute limit for outdoor gatherings would also be removed on the new Freedom Day.
Nightclubs could even reopen without needing to test patrons at the door.
It is believed that the new plans could be released by the government as early as next week.
Ministers are increasingly convinced that face coverings will be ditched from shops and public transport, but may remain mandatory in hospitals.
Sources told the Daily Mail that “final decisions” have yet to be made, but said the prime minister was pushing to drop as many rules as possible.
But Sir Patrick Vallance has warned that rules may be needed again this winter – even if they are lifted next month.
It comes as:
- Covid rules that force entire classes to quarantine will be removed in weeks, government confirms
- But a Sage expert warned all children must be bitten before the UK moves to step four on the roadmap
- And one in 20 students is currently out of school and is self-isolating due to contact with Covid
- Third lockdown caused UK economy to contract larger than expected
- Sajid Javid plans to use the NHS app to ensure Britons avoid quarantine when they return from holiday
Michael Gove said even nightclubs will get the green light to open without restrictions – despite being one of the most risky places.
Gove, who is leading a review, believes it is simply “too much of a hassle” for the public and business.
And a government source said The standard: “We are more and more convinced that people are protected, and the plan is to open everything up – no exceptions.”
The news was celebrated by the clubs, with Simon Thomas – managing director of the Leicester Square Hippodrome casino – telling the publication: ‘It would be a godsend for the nightlife economy so that we can revive central London with a global audience.
“It is time to continue living and living with this virus as we have already experienced with others.”
A series of pilot tests took place at mass events, including sports games. A club night in Liverpool was part of the tests.
The results show that there was “no significant outbreak” after any of the trials, with 28 infections among 58,000 participants.
Clubs have been closed since the first lockdown in March 2020. A good night out is believed to add £ 40bn to the UK economy.
Today, the number of Britons diagnosed with Covid is at its highest daily level since January.
Another 14 people have died, while 26,068 new infections have been reported.
This is the highest number of new daily cases since January 29, when the UK battled some of the worst days of the pandemic.
Cases are up 61% from the same period last week, when 16,135 people were diagnosed and 19 died.
Meanwhile, cases are on the rise in Scotland. The country has recorded the most positive tests since the start of the pandemic – for the second time in days.
Despite the alarming increase in cases, Boris Johnson plans to take the fourth step of his roadmap to freedom on July 19 – as Britons “learn to live with Covid”.
This is because authorities believe the jab broke the link between infection, serious illness and death.
A Cabinet source said Time: “The scientists’ opinion was that we should open as much as possible this summer before winter, which will be much more difficult. It was very encouraging. “
Another source said Professor Whitty had been “cautiously optimistic”.
The prime minister ordered authorities to prioritize the removal of the meter rule, which affects the hospitality industry and is seen as the most economically damaging.