Original article from Kent Live
Boris Johnson has announced that he still plans to put an end to social distancing on July 19.
In an announcement made to the public on Monday (July 5), the Prime Minister said the government's "careful and balanced plan" was still on track to become a reality in two weeks time.
The day social distancing is set to end has been dubbed 'Freedom Day' by many and the new date has been pushed back from June 21.
Despite a recent rise in Covid cases, thought to be due to the fast-spreading Delta variant, it is hoped the date won't be pushed back again.
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Mr Johnson held the conference on Monday to prepare Britons but an official confirmation won't come for another week when the government will establish whether the country has met their four-point requirements for the final easing of restrictions.
Should it all go to plan, there will be no limits on social contact by the end of this month.
The rule of six will be lifted and there will be no limits on attendees at funerals and weddings.
Face masks will no longer be compulsory, although the public may be advised to wear them in ‘enclosed and crowded places’.
Nightclubs will once again reopen and capacity limits on venues will be lifted.
Offices are also expected to whirr into action after a long 18 months of working from home.
At the Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson did acknowledge the pandemic was “far from over” with cases rising “fairly rapidly”.
“There could be 50,000 cases detected per day by the 19th,” he said.
“We are seeing rising hospital admissions and we must reconcile ourselves, sadly, to more deaths from Covid.
“In these circumstances, we must take a careful and a balanced decision – and there’s only one reason why we contemplate going ahead to Step 4 in circumstances where we would normally be locking down further and that’s because of the continuing effectiveness of the vaccine rollout.”
He added: “We have to balance the risks. The risks of the disease which the vaccines have reduced but very far from eliminated and the risks of continuing with legally-enforced restrictions that inevitably take their toll on people’s lives and livelihoods, on people’s health and mental health.
“We must be honest with ourselves that if we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks, when we will be helped by the arrival of summer and by the school holidays, then we must ask ourselves: when will we be able to return to normal?”