Brits can ditch ‘face masks and distancing from June 21’ as lockdown rules axed

Compulsory wearing of face masks is set to end next month and social distancing brought to a shuddering stop, according to reports.

The move would see the end of masks being worn in shops and offices but the practice could still continue on public transport.

Social distancing rules would also be given the chop as more of the population get vaccinated and the Covid virus continues to retreat.

All being well the new measures will come in to effect on June 21, the same day when most Covid restrictions are set to fall in Boris Johnson's road map.

The leading health experts are on board with the National Economy Recovery Taskforce, reports The Sun.

An insider said: “The current thinking points to social distancing going and mask wearing only in limited settings like buses, trains and the Tube.

“Obviously this is all dependent on final sign-off but the data is looking good and the political will is there for a proper lift-off.”

The National Economy Recovery Taskforce has discussed lifting “non-pharmaceutical interventions” such as masks and removing social distancing in all scenarios apart from a limited number of confined places.

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Advice would continue for people to wear masks on public transport but fines would cease being given.

It is also understood that the Prime Minister is keen for people to return to the office although no official timeline has been set out on this.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday the PM said towns and cities depend on people having the "confidence" to travel to work.

Many businesses and companies have been busy putting in place ways for large numbers of staff to permanently work from home or travel into work only two or three times a week.

Much of what happens in June depends on the impact of new Covid variants with the Indian mutation being of most concern.

Boris Johnson warned that new variants "pose a potentially lethal danger" with "increasing concern" regarding the variant that first took hold in India.

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