Boris Johnson has stated there’s a “good chance” the one-metre plus social distancing rule could be scrapped from 21 June.
During a marketing campaign go to in Hartlepool, the prime minister advised reporters: “I think we’ve got a good chance, a good chance, of being able to dispense with one-metre plus.”
Under the federal government’s roadmap for relieving COVID-19 restrictions, 21 June is the date on which all authorized limits on social contact are set to be eliminated.
But there have been strategies that some separate measures – like social distancing and masks carrying – might proceed past that time.
The authorities’s roadmap for stress-free coronavirus guidelines acknowledges that social distancing is “difficult and damaging for businesses and, as a result, it is important to return to as near to normal as quickly as possible”.
It provides: “Ahead of Step 4 [21 June], as extra is known in regards to the affect of vaccines on transmission and a far larger proportion of the inhabitants has been vaccinated, the federal government will full a evaluation of social distancing measures and different long-term measures which have been put in place to restrict transmission.
“The results of the review will help inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which rules on 1m+, face masks and other measures may be lifted.”
The prime minister’s roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions applies to England, with the opposite UK nations drawing up their very own pointers.
Social distancing has been in place for greater than a 12 months amid the COVID pandemic.
The “one metre plus” rule, launched final June when it was diminished from two metres, means members of the general public could be one metre away from one another so long as different measures are put in place to restrict the transmission of the virus.
If these aren’t attainable then members of the general public ought to be two metres away.
Possible mitigations embrace carrying a face masking, putting in screens, ensuring folks face away from one another and offering additional handwashing services.