The lifting of lockdown restrictions in England could come two weeks earlier on July 5 – two weeks earlier than expected – if Covid data continues to improve, according to reports.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be willing to end the restrictions sooner than expected.
Although ministers believe a reopening on July 19 remains the most likely option, a government source said a two-week “review point” would now be a “real data review”.
This could lead to what has been dubbed “Freedom Day” being brought forward two weeks to July 5th.
“No one wants these restrictions in place one more day than necessary”
The source told the Mail: ‘The decision to delay the reopening was so finely balanced – possibly the most difficult decision in the entire pandemic – that the PM wanted a built-in review point so that if things changed, we could act. earlier.
“No one wants these restrictions in place for a day longer than necessary.”
Conservative MPs also stressed the importance of the prime minister opening up the country as soon as possible – if the data improves.
Sir Robert Syms said: “We have to reclaim people’s freedoms.
“We can’t save everyone, but what we have done is save thousands and thousands of lives. Now we need to protect jobs, protect businesses and protect people’s personal relationships.”
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This notice was published: 2021-06-18 08:56:55