Nightclubs open for the first time since the start of the Covid
Boris Johnson urged people to exercise their new freedoms with caution as most of England’s mandatory coronavirus restrictions are finally lifted.
Face masks are no longer mandatory in stores and on public transport, assembly limits have disappeared, and home guiding work has been completed.
Nightclubs, theaters and restaurants can reopen completely, while pubs are no longer limited to table service only.
But with Covid-19 cases continuing to escalate and warnings renewed about pressure on the NHS, the Prime Minister urged people to “take the next step with all caution and respect for others.”
Mr Johnson is spending so-called ‘freedom day’ self-isolating at his official country residence in Checkers after being ‘screwed’ by NHS Test and Trace following contact with the secretary at Health Sajid Javid, who subsequently tested positive for the virus.
Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who also met Mr Javid on Friday, first tried to dodge the quarantine requirement by saying they would join a daily Cabinet-tested workplace testing program Office.
But they were forced into a hasty U-turn amid widespread public anger over their “special treatment.”
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi insisted on Monday that the government was “not taking anyone for fools” as it fought to defend the Prime Minister’s actions.
Greene King forced to close 33 ads because of Covid app pings
Greene King, who has 2,700 pubs across the country, has been forced to shut down 33 of these sites in the past seven days after employees were surveyed by the NHS Covid app and asked them to self-sufficiency. isolate.
Marks & Spencer, Iceland and automakers Nissan and Rolls-Royce are among other companies who say their businesses have been hit hard by staff having to take time off work because of the system.
My colleague Matt Mathers has more details:
Chiara GiordanoJuly 19, 2021 11:23 AM
Sack ministers who remove Covid app, says Lib Dem chief
Lib Dem chief Ed Davey challenged Boris Johnson to sack all cabinet ministers who removed the NHS Covid app, writes Adam Forrest.
Reports suggest that some government officials have removed the app from their mobile devices.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Davey wrote: “If a member of the government refuses to post evidence online that they are using the Covid-19 tracking app, you should fire them immediately. No app, no job, it’s that easy.
“I will post proof that I am using the app, as will every Liberal Democrat MP. It is our duty as politicians to show leadership. “
Chiara GiordanoJuly 19, 2021 11:06 AM
Do people still have to wear masks now that Covid restrictions have eased?
Wearing masks on public transport and in shops and restaurants is no longer a legal requirement in England after the government lifted most of the remaining Covid restrictions.
However, confusingly, many organizations including Transport for London, Waterstones and Heathrow Airport are asking people to continue using face coverings.
My colleague Tom Batchelor has developed this guide on wearing a mask after July 19:
Chiara GiordanoJuly 19, 2021 10:52 AM
The number of workers “pinged” by the NHS app is the biggest problem raised by the bosses, according to the business secretary
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng acknowledged that the number of workers “pinged” by the NHS Covid-19 app was the “biggest issue” raised with him by business leaders.
He told LBC “I accept that this is a difficult situation” but “there is no movement on it”, and it would still be August 16 before there is a wider easing of the l ‘self-isolation requirement.
“I said I would make representations to the government, I said I would try to see what could be done,” he said.
“We made a collective decision. There are a lot of different points of view but we made a collective decision, I think it is the right decision.
Chiara GiordanoJuly 19, 2021 10:29 AM
“Not a great look” for Boris Johnson to self-isolate on “freedom day”, says business secretary
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng admitted that it was “not very nice” for the prime minister to self-isolate on so-called “freedom day”.
He told LBC: “It’s not a great look, but he has to do what everyone else is doing. “
Mr Kwarteng said he has the NHS Covid app and will ‘keep it on’.
“I could be nuts and then I will isolate myself, it’s that simple. “
Chiara GiordanoJuly 19, 2021 10:17 AM
New quarantine rules for travelers take effect
Thousands of travelers arriving in the UK are facing drastic changes in self-isolation rules.
Our travel correspondent Simon Calder has the full rundown of the more stringent travel restrictions:
Chiara GiordanoJuly 19, 2021 9:54 AM
Minister insists government does not “take anyone for fools”
A cabinet minister insisted the government “doesn’t take anyone for fools” as it struggles to defend Boris Johnson’s decision to dodge an instruction to self-isolate – before a humiliating turnaround.
The remarks by Nadhim Zahawi, the Minister of Vaccines, came after the Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak scrapped plans to bypass 10 days of quarantine by signing up for a pilot program testing daily tests.
Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has more on this story:
Chiara GiordanoJuly 19, 2021 09:35
Clubbers are back for the first time since the start of the pandemic
Clubbers were welcomed back to dance floors across England at midnight one minute as Covid rules were relaxed.
Long lines have formed at venues from London to Leeds as revelers returned to nightclubs for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
My colleague Tom Batchelor has more details:
Chiara GiordanoJuly 19, 2021 09:31
Customers asked to wear face coverings must “respect” advice, says vaccine minister
Customers asked to wear a face covering when entering a store in England must “obey” the advice, even though legal restrictions have been lifted, according to the Vaccines Minister.
Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Breakfast: “I think it is right that we are now leaving government by diktat because we want to take back our lives, get back to normalcy and get people to take personal responsibility, yes, but also corporate responsibility, and people should respect that.
“If you want to walk into a store and the store owner says you have to wear a mask, people absolutely have to respect that.
“If you want to travel on public transport and your public transport system requires you to wear a mask, then you should wear a mask.
“By the way, you don’t know if the person sitting next to you in that crowded car might be someone who is immunosuppressed or immunosuppressed – it’s right that you take that responsibility and protect yourself and them too. . . ”
Chiara GiordanoJuly 19, 2021 09:19
Nadhim Zahawi to unveil plan for limited extension of Covid vaccine to children
The Minister of Vaccines will announce to MPs today whether the government has approved a limited extension of Covid-19 vaccines for adolescents after receiving recommendations from an independent body.
Speaking on Sky News, Nadhim Zahawi suggested that the vast majority of children will not be offered a vaccine until new evidence becomes available.
Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has more on this story: