UK announces end of Covid restrictions, drops mandatory face masks, WFH rules among others

UK announces end of Covid restrictions, drops mandatory face masks, WFH rules among others
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The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the end of Covid-19 restrictions nationwide.

England’s Plan B measures are to end from next Thursday, these include mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid passports, Mr Johnson announced.

The government would also drop its advice for people to work from home.

England will now revert to Plan A after booster doses.
This comes as the UK PM announced what scientists believe — the Omicron wave’s peak is over now.

But the government reiterates how this should not be seen as the finish line.

Since the virus and future variants still remain a big threat to the world. He also urged people to continue taking steps to keep coronavirus at bay such as hand washing, ventilating rooms and self-isolating if positive.

Covid-19 restrictions end in UK

What does this mean? It means that mandatory Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events would end. But it depends on the organisations that could choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wish to.

Moreover, the people would no longer be advised to work from home and may now discuss their return to offices with employers.

Face masks will no longer be mandatory. Yet people are still advised to wear coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces and when meeting strangers.

Now, further announcements on travel rules easing and restrictions on care home visits in England are likely in the coming days, UK’s Boris Johnson added.

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The PM also highlighted that the government now intends to end the legal requirement for people who test positive for Covid to self-isolate.

Citing the latest infection study by the Office for National Statistics, Boris Johnson stressed, the data shows that infections levels were falling in England.

Hitherto, the Johnson-led government would set out its long-term strategy for living with coronavirus.

Vaccination and mask-wearing still remain the bedrock of strategy to combat the pandemic.

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