Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced to the House of Commons on Monday (12 July) that lockdown rules would end in England on Monday 19 July.
Almost all legal restrictions on social contact will be removed, but some ‘guidance’ will remain.
The legal requirement to wear face coverings in some enclosed public places will be removed but Mr Javid said they were still “expected and recommended” in crowded indoor areas.
The coronavirus “continues to carry risks for you and your family” Boris Johnson told the press conference at Downing St which followed the announcement.
“We cannot simply revert instantly from Monday July 19 to life as it was before Covid,” he said.
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