Boris Johnson confirms all Covid restrictions will be dropped on 19 July

Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds COVID-19 Press Conference
Boris Johnson announced the end of social distancing restrictions in England from step 4 of the roadmap to recovery, on 19 July. Image courtesy of Number 10’s Flickr.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has addressed the nation tonight to confirm that all Covid restrictions will be relaxed next Monday, 19 July, in England.

He said that the four tests to proceed to the fourth step of England’s ‘roadmap to recovery’ had been met.

For the hospitality industry, this means that all venues will be able to operate at full capacity with no social distancing in a week’s time.

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However, Johnson warned: “We’ve come to a stage in the pandemic when there is no easy answer and there is no obvious date for unlocking.

“We know that we are going to see more hospitalisations and more deaths from Covid, but we also know that this wave was clearly foreseen by scientists when we first set out that roadmap in February. So far we are in the middle range of their projections for infections, and at the lower end of their projections for mortality.

“It is absolutely vital that we precede with caution: this pandemic is not over. We cannot simply revert instantly from Monday 19 July to life as it was before Covid. We will stick to our plan to lift legal restrictions and to lift social distancing, but we expect and recommend that people wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with those you don’t normally.

“We’re removing the government instruction to work from home where you can but we don’t expect that the whole country will return to their desks as one from Monday.”

Johnson also urged nightclubs and other venues with large crowds to make use of the NHS Covid pass which shows proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or natural immunity as a means of entry. The government will also keep the test, trace and isolate system in place.

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