Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Prime Minister sets out final step of roadmap in England

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Prime Minister sets out final step of roadmap in England

The Prime Minister’s Office has released the government’s plans for the final step of the coronavirus (COVID-19) Roadmap in England. The fourth and final step of the Roadmap is expected to begin on 19 July 2021, provided that the ‘four tests’ for easing coronavirus restrictions have been met. The next steps involve social distancing ending, all venues closed opening, facemasks no longer being mandatory and removing limitations on gatherings. Further, it is acknowledged that 79 million vaccine doses have been administered in the UK.

Other key points announced include:

• the cap on the number of named visitors for care home residents will be removed from the current maximum of five per resident

• proof of vaccination or a negative test will be required for international travel

• the guidance to work from home where possible will end

• there will be no legal requirement on the use of Covid-status certification as a condition of entry for visitors to domestic settings

• the vaccine dose interval will be reduced for under 40s from 12 weeks to eight

Sources:

• Prime Minister to set out plans ahead of step 4

• Prime Minister sets out plan to ease restrictions at step 4

• COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 (Roadmap)​

• PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 5 July 2021

• Update on the pandemic and the roadmap to freedom​

• Update to Parliament on self-isolation rules

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