While the Biden administration still tries to push insanely authoritarian mandates through alternative means, the government of the UK has decided to cut back on many of their COVID rules.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a statement to the House of Commons on January 19th that the government will be ending national mask mandates, among other measures, and will be allowing British citizens to take whatever measures they see fit.
Johnson made sure to note that this should not be seen as the “finish line,” because the coronavirus and future variants cannot be eradicated, adding that “we must learn to live with Covid in the same way we live with flu.”
The prime minister also urged British citizens to continue with safety measures such as hand washing, ventilating rooms, and self-isolating if they test positive. He also begged the unvaccinated to come forward and get the vaccine.
According to reporting by the BBC, in a statement to MPs in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
- Mandatory Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events would end, though organisations could choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wished
- People would no longer be advised to work from home and should discuss their return to offices with employers
- Face masks will no longer be mandated, though people are still advised to wear coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces and when meeting strangers
- From Thursday, secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear face masks in classrooms and government guidance on their use in communal areas would be removed “shortly”
Boris Johnson also stated that it is expected that there will be further announcements in the coming days related to the easing of travel rules, as well as the easing of restrictions on home care visits in Britain.