Britain to become first country to scrap social distancing rule next month
London, May 4, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Britain plans to scrap the social distancing rule next month, becoming the first country to do so as it plans to return to normality ahead of summer
THE UK recorded one new Covid death on Monday – the first time fatalities have dropped to a single figure since last summer.
It appears to show the vaccine programme is working, with fewer serious illnesses resulting in deaths.
As prelude to that, around three thousand people in the UK’s city of Liverpool danced, drank, and listened to music without masks or social distancing last Friday
The event was one of a series of pilots sponsored by the UK government to test whether covid-19 restrictions can be eased without sparking new outbreaks.
Wonderful to see the joy on young people’s faces at the first club night in more than a year as part of our Events Research Programme. Thanks to the ERP team and to the Liverpool clubbers for delivering a successful night at @CIRCUSmusic https://t.co/Bv607tMJfE— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) May 1, 2021
Following the event, British PM, Boris Johnson on Monday said “there is a good chance” the one-metre plus social distancing rule can be scrapped from 21 June.
During a campaign visit in Hartlepool, the prime minister told reporters: “I think we’ve got a good chance, a good chance, of being able to dispense with one-metre plus.”
He stressed the move would be “dependent on the data” and “we can’t say it categorically yet”, but added: “That’s what it feels like to me right now.”
Under the government’s roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions, 21 June is the date on which all legal limits on social contact are set to be removed.
But there have been suggestions that some separate measures – like mask wearing – could continue beyond that point.https://9cd5294ba0ae68da342159c270de5f93.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlAdvertisement
The government’s roadmap for relaxing coronavirus rules 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 adds: “Ahead of Step 4 [21 June], as more is understood about the impact of vaccines on transmission and a far greater proportion of the population has been vaccinated, the government will complete a review of social distancing measures and other long-term measures that have been put in place to limit 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 other UK nations drawing up their own guidelines.