‘Freedom Day’ set for 19th July, according to Prime Minister
Boris Johnson announced at a Downing Street conference yesterday that coronavirus restrictions will be further eased on the 19th of July.
The Prime Minister conveyed at the briefing that restrictions such as face mask-wearing, social distancing, and working-from-home guidance will be ended.
Johnson expressed his concern of being having restrictions by stating “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?”.
The easing of restrictions has concerned scientists as the data in England suggests a third wave may be on its way, as cases have risen 21% according to the Mirror.
Moreover, Boris Johnson conveyed that “there could be 50,000 cases detected per day by the 19th” and slightly “rising hospital admissions” that England must be prepared to “sadly to more deaths from COVID-19”.
The rules that will be ending in England are:
limits on attendance at weddings and funerals
venue check-in requirements and specific rules at bars and restaurants
limits on named care home visitors
legal certification of being virus-free for large-scale events
With these rules ending, this means nightclubs will be able to reopen and social distancing – the 1 metre rule – will be ending which will allow full venue capacity.
Furthermore, face masks will be a personal choice unless on public transport.