As a side note: if you have been watching baseball and hockey games, you will notice those in the stands are not wearing masks. Good on the UK (r. a. note)
NewsPunch.com ————-By Sean Adl-Tabatabai ———-Mon., July 05, 2021
British Prime Minister has announced that “ridiculous” face masks are to be permanently scrapped this month as the UK returns to the old normal pre-pandemic.
On July 19, face masks will no longer be compulsory in Britain and it will be illegal to force people to wear them in public places.
Johnson is expected to tell the public on Monday that it is up to them to “carefully manage” the risks of Covid themselves as he sets out plans for the final unlocking of the country.
“Thanks to the successful rollout of our vaccination programme, we are progressing cautiously through our roadmap. Today we will set out how we can restore people’s freedoms when we reach step 4,” he will tell the country in a televised speech.
“But I must stress that the pandemic is not over and that cases will continue to rise over the coming weeks. As we begin to learn to live with this virus, we must all continue to carefully manage the risks from Covid and exercise judgement when going about our lives.”
Telegraph.co.uk reports: Ministers said it marked the moment the control of the pandemic has been handed from the state telling people “what to do” to the citizen “taking responsibility.
As well as compulsory face masks, the one-metre social distancing rule, rule of six indoors and limits on gatherings of more than 30 are expected to be ditched from July 19.
He will also signal a relaxation in rules that demand people must work from home where they can and lift some of the final restrictions on care home visits from mid-July.