Boris Johnson reinforces plans to end lockdown on July 19th
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The Prime Minister has announced new guidance coming into place on July 19.
Some restrictive measures, including social distancing or the use of face covering, will now come to an end.
He also announced double vaccinated Britons arriving from amber list countries may not need to follow a 10 day quarantine.
However, he stated a confirmation of this will come later this week.
“Will work with the travel industry towards removing the need for fully vaccinated arrivals to self isolate on return from an amber country,” he explained.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to give an update on plans to remove the need for fully-vaccinated arrivals from amber list countries to isolate.
This is good news for many Britons who were looking forward to visiting amber destinations, with many commenting on social media:
“Amber countries if you have got both jabs don’t have to isolate on return.
“That’s jolly good news for daddy in Greece,” said one.
“It is certainly game changing but I think the red/amber/green list will be here for a long time,” commented another.
“This will give the travel industry the ability to reclaim and recover some lost income.
“People need to see their families and friends without expensive and unnecessary testing….” said a third one.
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However, many wondered how will this be feasible with COVID-19 cases going up in the UK.
“Johnson said he’d look to end quarantine for doubled jabbed people arriving from amber list countries.
“But if cases DO go up could it thwart it all for you on your return?!”
In addition to the changes to the lockdown rules on July 19, Mr Johnson also announced that the Government is taking steps to get more people fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
The gap between vaccine doses for under-40s will be reduced from 12 weeks to eight, meaning that all adults will have the opportunity to be double-jabbed by mid-September.
At the moment, many European countries are welcoming double-vaccinated British tourists to enter without restrictions.
Britons who haven’t received the two doses of the vaccine will still need to quarantine for 10 days on their return to the UK when coming from amber list countries.
The Prime Minister also said the use of face masks will remain “a personal choice” with airlines like Ryanair saying they will impose the use of face masks “regardless” of Government’s new guidance.
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