Boris Johnson will today announce end of social distancing and face mask rules in the UK.
The announcement at the end of a majority of coronavirus restrictions is part of his plans to “restore people’s freedoms” in England on July 19
People must “exercise judgement” when Covid restrictions such as wearing face masks and social distancing are scrapped from July 19, Boris Johnson has said.
The Prime Minister’s press conference is after Health Secretary Sajid Javid updates MPs in the Commons at 3.30pm or later depending on the Parliamentary diary.
Ministers have concluded the vaccination roll-out has dramatically cut the numbers suffering serious illness or death.
But scientists have urged caution amid soaring case rates across the country.
The British Medical Association warned the rise was “alarming” and it made “no sense” to remove all restrictions at the same time.
There were a further 24,248 Covid cases and 15 deaths on Sunday, and while hospital admissions from the virus are low, they have more than doubled in a week.
The PM is set to announce the one-metre social distancing rule and the legal requirement to wear face-masks will be scrapped.
He will signal that formal advice to work from home will end and set out the next steps for care home visits.
The Government will also publish the findings of reviews into social distancing and vaccine passports.
Although the PM’s formal confirmation of the plans will come on July 12, Downing Street wants to give the public and businesses more time to prepare for unlocking.
Mr Johnson said: “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.
“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.”
The PM will call for more people to get their second dose before July 19 to offer them the highest protection as cases surge.
Over 78 million vaccine doses have now been administered in the UK, and 63.4% of adults have received two doses.