Original article from Kent Live
The Government has issued another update on social distancing and the wearing of face masks in supermarkets.
It's less than a week until the next bumper easing of restrictions on Monday, May 17.
From that date, indoor hospitality will re-open, hugging be allowed once again and overnight stays permitted.
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In its latest published report, the Government laid out its plans ahead of next week.
Currently, members of the public are still obliged to wear face masks and abide by social distancing in supermarkets.
Even after Monday May 17, that will still be the case for the moment.
Matt Hancock and co seem to be targeting June 21 as the date when regulations surrounding face coverings might be lifted.
The Health Secretary said he hadn't "ruled out" making that call by the end of June.
The Government's 68 page COVID-19 Response document for spring 2021 outlined the following under the section for 'social distancing'.
It states: "Social distancing is difficult and damaging for businesses and, as a result, it is important to return to as near to normal as quickly as possible.
"Ahead of Step 4, as more is understood about the impact of vaccines on transmission and a far greater proportion of the population has been vaccinated, the Government will complete a review of social distancing measures and other long-term measures that have been put in place to limit transmission.
"The results of the review will help inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which rules on 1m+, face masks and other measures may be lifted.
"The review will also inform guidance on working from home -people should continue to work from home where they can until this review is complete."
So, for now, browsing the supermarket aisles with face coverings on and glasses fogged up will continue to be the norm.
We'll also need to keep our distance from others until told otherwise.