People Celebrate ‘Freedom Day’ in the UK After Lifting the Covid Restrictions
July 19th, 2021
Almost all restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic have been lifted in the United Kingdom today. This is despite the continuing increase in the number of infections, which has reached 54,000 cases per day.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged his compatriots to be careful: “Please, please, please, be careful.” Johnson has been in isolation since Saturday after Health Minister Sajid Javid tested positive for coronavirus.
In England, showrooms and stadiums can operate at full capacity, discos resume operations, and customers can be served at the pub bar. Restrictions on the collection have also been lifted, AFP reported, quoted by BTA. There will be no more limits for people who can gather in one place. Wearing masks is no longer mandatory on public transport and shops, but it is recommended. In London, masks remain mandatory on public transport.
In Scotland, the physical distance to be observed is reduced to one meter. However, the rules for indoor meetings are being relaxed without being completely repealed. Eight people from three households can meet indoors in private properties, and up to 10 people from 4 households can gather in public places. The restaurants will be able to extend their working hours by an hour and close at midnight. The discos remain closed. Scotland is expected to lift the remaining restrictions on 9 August.
All sanitary restrictions must be lifted in Wales on 7 August, but the government plans to keep the obligation to wear masks indoors in public places and on transport. Up to six people can gather, mass events are limited to 1,000 seated or up to 200 standing people.
On 26 July, outdoor measures will be lifted in Northern Ireland and the indoor distance will be reduced to one meter. On August 12, the abolition of the mandatory wearing of masks will be discussed.