When Covid rules in England are set to be scrapped as PM announces new plans

Boris Johnson will today announce the end date for Covid restrictions in the UK.

The changes will include an end to self-isolation rules and various other changes that will affect how Brits go about their daily lives as the pandemic continues.

The Living Safely With Covid plan will be published today and revealed in the House of Commons in an update to MPs at around 3:30pm, before a press conference this evening.

Lots of people have found restrictions in place due to the pandemic difficult to deal with at times, so an end to most or all restrictions may be welcome.

Others will be worried about the country opening up fully as a significant number of cases remains.

The most recent data indicates that the most recent seven-day average is just over 43,000 cases, continuing a downward trend since late January.

So when would any rule changes come in effect?

When do Covid rules change?

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The exact date for the change in Covid rules has not yet been confirmed, but the changes are expected to be in place from February 24.

This is because restrictions were originally due to expire on March 24, but the PM has previously announced that these changes will be brought forward by one month.

Will self-isolation be scrapped?

The big change expected to be confirmed is that self-isolation after testing positive with Covid will no longer be mandatory.

This particular policy is causing some to be concerned that this will encourage infectious people to spread their germs in public places.

The government hopes people will take responsibility for themselves and choose to stay away from work and public places if they believe themselves to have the virus or if they test positive.

They said they hope "government intervention in people's lives can now finally end".

The plans have been criticised by Labour, who claim that they are only being brought forward so the PM can avoid tricky headlines about Partygate scandals at No10 during lockdown.

Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said: "Boris Johnson is declaring victory before the war is over, in an attempt to distract from the police knocking at his door."

Chair of the Council of the British Medical Association Dr Chaand Nagpaul said it is an "odd decision to make", while TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady that the changes must come with a shake-up of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

SSP is important for people not well enough to work or got into the office. She said: "We are all looking forward to getting on with our lives, but the Prime Minister must put the country and public health first – not his backbenchers. That means fixing our broken sick pay system once and for all.

"Free tests must remain in place for all those who need them. This is crucial for work place and public safety."

What will change under new Covid rules?

The PM is expected to announce other changes, including the scrapping of free Covid testing except for the elderly and vulnerable.

There has been no date yet set for this, but it has been reported that the government hopes to save on the huge expense of proving free PCRs and lateral flow tests (LFT).

This has also raised concerns, and clinical virologist at the University of Leicester Dr Julian Tang told The Guardian "If testing is not free, people won’t do it."

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