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COVID-19: Almost all rules on coronaviruses – including face masks and working from home – will be dropped on July 19, PM says | Politics News

Almost all COVID rules – including limits on the number of people who can meet, legal requirements for wearing face masks and social distancing in pubs and bars – will be dropped as part of the final leg of the sheet road to lifting lockdown restrictions in England.

The government plans to advance the fourth stage of its roadmap to lift the lockdown on July 19, when Boris Johnson wants to move away from ministerial edicts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the British will be encouraged to use their personal judgment on the risks of infection – with the Prime Minister keen to see a new way of living with the virus.

However, despite the impending removal of vast swathes of COVID restrictions, Mr Johnson urged people not to be ‘demob happy’ and to think it was ‘the end of COVID’.

“It is a long way from the end of the fight against this virus,” the Prime Minister said at a press conference in Downing Street on Monday, suggesting that there could be as many as 50,000 cases of coronavirus per day by July 19.

A final decision on whether to continue with the final phase of the roadmap will be made within a week, after a review of the latest data and if the government’s tests for removing restrictions are met.

If the fourth stage takes place on July 19, it will see:

• No more limits on social contacts to allow people to gather in groups of any size
• The removal of the “one meter plus” rule in almost all contexts, except for specific locations such as airports
• All remaining businesses, including nightclubs, can reopen
• No capacity limit for large-scale events, such as sports matches or concerts
• No more legal obligation to wear face masks in shops or on public transport
• The government will no longer force people to work from home
• No more limits on the number of people who can visit residents of nursing homes

The government has also chosen not to impose the use of …

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