In Great Britain, wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory in public places despite the rise in cases of covid-19 caused by the Delta variant. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to lift all health restrictions to speed up the return to normalcy in his country.
While the UK is the second worst hit by the coronavirus in terms of death toll in Europe after Russia, Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday that his government was renouncing the wearing of masks in public places, a flagship social distancing measures that have made it possible to contain the spread of the virus.
The new measure is expected to take effect on July 19 but the government has yet to confirm it on July 12, as well as other provisions such as social distancing. The country has accelerated the vaccination of residents and now already nearly 64% of the adult population is fully vaccinated and 86% have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.
“We will put an end (…) to the legal obligation to wear a mask” in closed public places, announced the conservative leader at a press conference.
However, these measures are highly criticized by scientific circles in his country and already several countries which have freed themselves from this measure have seen the increase in cases carrying the virus in recent weeks thanks to the spread of the Delta variant.
Moreover in the United Kingdom, this variant is already wreaking havoc and has become predominant in new infections recorded daily. The country knows nearly 30,000 cases carrying the virus after a rise in cases in recent days.
But for Boris Johnson, lifting these measures will “move away from legal restrictions and allow people to make their own informed decisions on how to deal with the virus.” He also announced that teleworking would no longer be recommended.
Discotheques could also open to the public at 100% of their capacity, and the same for theaters and stadiums. The British executive also wants to withdraw the mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated British residents returning from a country classified “orange”.