U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed a plan Monday to further ease COVID-19 restrictions. Johnson said people in England will no longer have to wear masks by law including indoor spaces. People should be keeping at least one metre apart as soon as later this month.
As the country moves into its final stage of lockdown Johnson confirmed that legal sanctions will be replaced with “informed decisions”. This is supposed to be scheduled to happen on July 19 but the final decision will be on July 12. The change means people in England can throw away masks but they will still be recommended in some spaces. Also, businesses and transit operators may still require people to wear masks.
The government wants its people to demonstrate their own “personal responsibility” and to remember how valuable face coverings are in protecting themselves and others. Public health officials in Britain say its vaccination program lowered infections and deaths but has not stopped it completely. The government also knows that infections, hospitalizations, and deaths will all rise once they remove more restrictions.
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