England will move to the final stage of easing Covid restrictions on July 19 which will mean almost all legal restrictions on social contact will be removed.
The Prime Minister said it was vital to proceed with “caution”, warning “this pandemic is not over” with the peak of the current wave expected by mid-August which in turn could lead to between 1,000 and 2,000 hospital admissions per day. Covid deaths are predicted to be somewhere between 100 and 200 per day at the peak.
Earlier in the afternoon the Health Secretary told the Commons that later in the summer cases could reach 100,000-a-day but he did not believe this would put “unsustainable pressure on the NHS.” Sajid Javid added:
“Vaccinations have created a protective wall, which would mean we could withstand a summer wave.”
At the Downing Street Press Conference Boris Johnson stressed that coronavirus continues to carry risks.
“We cannot simply revert instantly from Monday July 19 to life as it was before Covid.”
The prime minister added that he hoped the roadmap would be “irreversible” but “in order to have that, it has also got to be a cautious approach”.
While many legal restrictions will be removed, some guidance will remain. The legal requirement to wear face coverings in some enclosed public places will be removed but “will still be recommended and expected in crowded indoor areas.” Nightclubs will also be allowed to reopen for the first time since March 2020 and capacity limits will be removed for all venues and events.
All limits about the number of people who can meet will go and the advisory 1-metre+ distancing rule will disappear.-