Six rules that could change July 19, freedom day – .

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Six rules that could change July 19, freedom day – .


Big changes are coming as the UK comes out of lockdown (Photo: PA / Getty)

People’s lives are expected to change in six important ways after “Freedom Day” on July 19th.

This week Boris Johnson is expected to announce what will happen next as he plans to end all legal lockdown restrictions.

Although Covid cases have again reached levels last seen in January, ministers are increasingly convinced that the vaccination program has severed the link between the virus and serious illness.

Fewer people end up in hospital compared to previous waves and the number of daily deaths remains low.

This means the government is on the verge of continuing with plans to get the country out of lockdown.

Critical decisions on what measures, if any, might be needed over the summer are still pending, but ministers have given clues as to what might be announced.

Here we take a look at which freedoms could be restored and which of the Covid measures are on the verge of disappearing.

End of social distancing rules

The end of the lockdown could mean a return to pints at the bar (Photo: PA)

The meter rule that requires people to stay away from strangers is expected to be removed from July 19, according to the Sunday Times.

This is particularly good news for pubs and restaurants that have been forced to operate at reduced capacity due to social distancing restrictions.

This move could mean that drinking at the bar should come back instead of table service.

It also clears the way for the resumption of mass events with large crowds and for the removal of capacity limits from stadiums.

A task force has looked at the future of social distancing and the results of its review are expected this week, the Sunday Express reported.

Masks are no longer required

Face masks can still be advised, but they will not be mandatory (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

Ministers strongly suggested that wearing face masks would no longer be a legal requirement after July 19, with individuals being allowed to choose for themselves whether they wish to continue wearing one.

Currently, it is the law to cover your nose and mouth in indoor public spaces and on buses and trains, unless a medical exemption applies. But the government is considering making this more mandatory.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday that “we will move to a phase where it will be a matter of personal choice” for people to wear face masks.

The minister said he did not plan to wear one himself after the end of the legal obligation to do so.

But scientist Professor Adam Finn, who sits on the Government’s Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), has recommended people continue to wear face masks “indefinitely.”

QR codes on the sites to be deleted

You will no longer have to check in at a location (Photo: Getty)

The government could also remove the need to scan QR codes before entering bars, restaurants and other places.

For now, people need to scan their contact details so they can be located if anyone at the site is positive for Covid-19.

But it is causing chaos in the hospitality industry, with staff regularly quarantined.

On July 19, the requirement to check in at one location will end, but some locations may choose to continue asking for guest details, the Sunday Times reports.

Resumption of vacation for double vaccinated

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Orange List destinations like Spain could be opened (Photo: Getty Images)

Another huge change being considered by the government concerns holidays abroad and whether those who have received both vaccines will need to self-quarantine.

Currently, destinations are divided by a traffic light system, with only those on the green list that can be visited safely without needing to self-isolate for 10 days on return.

That could change after July 19, with Downing Street saying it is ready to relax the rules.

This could open up tourist destinations like Spain and Italy, both of which are currently on the orange list, but only if people have had both jabs.

The final decision has yet to be made and some restrictions, including the need to pass Covid testing, may remain in place.

School bubbles to finish

BEDFORD, UK - MARCH 08: Headmistress Shelley Desborough presents an online assembly, broadcast in each bubble, as classes return to Gamlingay Village Primary on March 08, 2021 near Bedford, UK.  The school, which is part of the Cam Academy Trust, has reopened to students after months of home schooling, due to a series of nationwide lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Under the new guidelines, elementary students are not required to wear face coverings, but high school and college students will be asked to comply with the advice.  (Photo by Leon Neal / Getty Images)

Schools can return after summer without bubbles (Photo: Getty)

The bubble system has wreaked havoc on schools, with an entire class having to be quarantined if a student contracts the virus.

This causes problems for parents who have to take time off work if their child is at home and means students miss out on a vital education.

Schools are expected to go their separate ways for the summer soon anyway, and it is expected that when they return in the fall, the bubbles are no longer in place.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has previously said he wants the system to be scrapped “as soon as possible.”

No need to isolate yourself after contact

You won’t have to isolate yourself, if you’ve had both jabs (Photo: Getty)

Those who have had two vaccinations might escape the need to self-isolate if they come in contact with a positive case.

Currently, anyone deemed to have spent sufficient time with someone with Covid must stay home for 10 days – by law.

Experts predict that up to a million people could self-isolate each day, in what has been called another lockdown aside from his name.

On Freedom Day, things could change and self-isolation could be replaced with daily testing, with people who test negative being allowed to go about their day normally.

Business leaders and NHS bosses have called for reforms amid staff shortages caused by current regulations.

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