The Prime Minister (PM) of the United Kingdom (UK), Boris Johnson announced that the government will lift restrictions on face masks and covid passports from next Thursday, January 27, 2022.
The Prime Minister also urged citizens to continuously follow precautionary measures to keep themselves away from the virus.
He added that this decision should be considered as a “finish line” because the virus and its variants cannot be eradicated and instead, “we must learn to live with Covid in the same way we live with flu,” he said.
The following restrictions are ending from next Thursday which was introduced in December last year.
- Compulsory Covid passports for allowing entrance to nightclubs and other bigger events would end though some organisations could ask for NHS covid pass if they want.
- Citizens can return to offices after discussion with their employers, they can no longer be suggested to work from home.
- Face masks are not compulsory but it is highly recommended to wear face masks in crowded and enclosed public places.
- Secondary school pupils will no longer wear face masks in classrooms and the advisory for using communal areas would be abolished soon.
The orders for easing travel rules and visiting care homes will be announced in the coming days.
PM Johnson also shared that the government intended to remove the requirement for covid positive people of being self-quarantined with some guidance and advice.
The current directives for self-isolation will end by March 24th this year.
The United Kingdom recorded new cases of 108,069 which is a high rate of infections on a daily basis. 359 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded on Wednesday.
Nearly 37 million boosters have been given across the UK so far.