12 Jul 2021

Johnson warns Covid pandemic ‘not over’ as he confirms lockdown rules to end 19 July

Political Editor

The emphasis was on “caution” rather than “freedom” as Boris Johnson confirmed that legal Covid restrictions in England will be lifted next week.
Face coverings will be “expected and recommended” in crowded and enclosed spaces and the return to work in offices will be gradual. Boris Johnson admitted that there was no easy answer on whether next Monday is the obvious date for unlocking, but said delaying it until autumn’s cold weather could give the virus an advantage.