Six freedoms set to return on July 19 from ordering at the bar and voluntary face masks to an end to holiday quarantine

BRITS are set to enjoy six new freedoms from July 19 after enduring months of Covid restrictions.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce that social distancing, compulsory face masks and quarantine for vaccinated travellers will all be scrapped on 'Freedom Day'.

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Forced mask wearing will be ditched when Covid restrictions are finally relaxed.

Boris Johnson plans to tear up laws which force people to cover their faces on buses and trains, and in shops and other indoor venues.

The Prime Minister wants to make it a personal choice rather than a legal requirement enforced with fines of up to £6,400.

A source said: “It’s all part of a shift from legal enforcement to common sense.

“There will be some official guidance that in certain settings, like a crowded train, it might make sense to wear a mask.

“But it will no longer be compulsory. People will be able to decide for themselves whether or not to cover their face.”

One minister told The Sun on Sunday: “It’s all about learning to live with Covid. This virus is going to be around for some time and with so many of us now vaccinated, we’re going to have to make up our own minds on when to cover up."

Mask laws mean it is an offence for people to board a train, bus, plane or taxi without wearing one, unless medically exempt.

They are also a legal requirement in shops, supermarkets, theatres, libraries, churches, youth and social clubs, hotels and most other indoor settings.

A first offence carries a fine of £200, reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days.

The penalty doubles for repeat offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

Mr Johnson will announce he will scrap the law as part of the fourth and final step of the plan back to a normal life, The Sun on Sunday has been told.

But England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty — along with other health advisers — wants the use of masks to continue after July 19.


The school bubble system will be scrapped and replaced by daily testing, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Mr Johnson is set to announce that kids will no longer have to miss school if a student in their bubble has Covid.

Those deemed close contacts will have to take lateral flow tests instead.

The new rules will be in force when kids go back to class in autumn.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has previously said he wanted the bubble system dropped "as quickly as possible".

A minister told the Mail: "It is not right to see people rubbing shoulder-to-shoulder in football stadiums while hundreds of thousands of children have to self-isolate even when testing negative for Covid."

Another source said: "I am beside myself when see I pictures of Ascot, Wimbledon, Wembley, while you can’t go and stand at your child’s sports day."


Social distancing will no longer be required as part of unlocking on July 19, reports have suggested.

According to The Sunday Times, mask wearing will become voluntary in all settings and the one metre-plus rule in hospitality venues will end, meaning a return to drinking at the bar without the requirement for table service.

Mass events, including festivals, will also be allowed under the proposals for the final stage of the road map out of lockdown, the paper reported.

The Government also expects to receive the results of the taskforce reviews into the use of so-called vaccine passports and the future of social distancing to be made available this week, the Sunday Express reported.


Double-jabbed Brits returning from amber list countries reportedly won't have to quarantine after July 19.

Downing Street sources said the decision wasn't confirmed yet as some details needed to be confirmed – including in relation to unvaccinated kids, the Mail on Sunday reported.

The sources also reportedly said that fully-vaccinated travellers would still have to take one Covid test before they left and another two when they got back.

Right now Brits who go overseas to amber list countries have to stay inside for 10 days on their return.

They also need to take a pre-arrival Covid test, as well as tests on day two and day eight of quarantine.

However, Brits can pay for a fourth test as part of the Test to Release scheme, meaning they can leave the self-isolation earlier.

Popular travel hotspots including Spain, Portugal and Greece are on the amber list, making summer holidays unrealistic for many.

Sources said plans involving the use of e-gates at airports to limit queues and make travel easier for fully-vaccinated holidaymakers were being developed "as quickly as possible", according to the Mail.

There may reportedly be time-consuming paper checks when travellers return before the e-gates are rolled out.


The PM is set to scrap the QR code sign-in requirement for pubs and restaurants to curb the number of Brits being forced to isolate through the NHS app.

Hospitality bosses have called for changes to the Test and Trace app amid complaints it is leading to staff shortages and could end up putting punters off visiting pubs and restaurants.

Rob Pitcher, chief executive of Revolution Bars Group, which runs 66 bars across the UK, said the app was "casting the net quite wide" in terms of who it pings as a close contact of a positive case.

And Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said the app was "becoming a huge issue for our pubs".


Among the Freedom Day plans expected to be signed off by the Cabinet include those who have received both doses of a Covid jab not being required to self-isolate when they come into contact with someone who tests positive for the virus.

Tests will still be available for those who wish to have one.

Currently, anyone alerted by Test and Trace that they have been near someone who has tested positive must — by law — isolate at home.

But after a successful pilot scheme running since April, ministers are set to replace that rule for the fully vaccinated with 20-minute lateral flow tests taken each day for the same amount of time.

If you are negative, you would be free to leave the house that day — in a major boost for workplaces.

Business leaders have called for reforms to the system, including the NHS Covid-19 App part of the NHS Test and Trace system which pings Brits who've come into contact with anyone carrying the virus.

Contacts of Covid cases must self-isolate for 10 days.

Bosses have said the self-isolation rule is causing chaos with firms left short-staffed.

Last week, around 400,000 people were told to self-isolate by Test and Trace staff or the NHS Covid-19 App.


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