UK announces abolition of mandatory mask-wearing

The British government will soon stop requiring citizens of the country to wear masks and comply with social distancing measures. This was announced on Sunday, July 4, the Minister for Housing, Regions and Local Government Robert Jenrick.

He said the country, where the majority of the population is already vaccinated, must “learn to live with the coronavirus.” He also pointed out that once the decision to relax restrictions is made, wearing a mask will become a personal choice for British residents.

“It looks like we can now move forward and move to a much more relaxed regime where we can move away from a lot of the restrictions that have been so difficult,” Jenrick told Sky News.

Earlier in the day, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that COVID-19-related restrictions are scheduled to be lifted by the end of the month, Sky News noted.

However, on June 14, Johnson stressed that restrictions imposed in England because of the pandemic coronavirus will be lifted a month later than planned, namely on July 19. According to him, by that date, the entire adult population of the country is scheduled to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

At the moment, under the current restrictions in England, mass events indoors and nightclubs are prohibited. In particular, it is required to observe social distance and to wear medical masks indoors. There is also a government recommendation to work remotely from home, if the profession allows it.

At the same time, stores, pubs and restaurants are open and can serve customers indoors.

On June 3, Matt Hancock, head of the U.K. Department of Health, reported that more than half of the U.K. adult population had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus vaccine. At the same time, Johnson announced that he had received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In March, an Indian mutation of the Delta coronavirus was discovered in the Indian state of Maharashtra. India’s Ministry of Health noted that at the time there was little data to establish a link between the occurrence of the strain and an increase in the incidence of the disease in several states. This COVID-19 strain was also identified in the United Kingdom.