Most legal restrictions to control Covid lifted from today: Masks are voluntary: Hospitalisation cases rising
LONDON July 19: Boris Johnson has eased all remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England from today Monday July 19, 2021. Masks are now voluntary in all settings, including shops, hospitality and public transport. People will be told to exercise their personal judgement. While the legal requirement to cover your nose and mouth will be lifted, the government is still advising people to wear them in crowded spaces such as on buses, trains and trams. However, the government warned that while cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. Therefore the government is keeping in place key protections at step 4 from 19 July. This means that when step 4 takes place: You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet. However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts. Meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces. The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer. The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others. There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship. COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.