It’s a different story across the pond, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that he is officially ending COVID restrictions in England, according to the BBC.
A restrictive mask mandate and equally tyrannical COVID health passport have both been eliminated. People would no longer be advised to work from home and should discuss their return to offices with employers.
Face masks will no longer be mandated, though people are still advised to wear coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces and when meeting strangers.
From Thursday, secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear face masks in classrooms and government guidance on their use in communal areas would be removed “shortly.”
“This is a moment we can be proud of,” said Health Secretary Sajid Javid. ”It’s a reminder of what this country can accomplish when we all work together.”
Both Javid and Johnson acknowledged that the virus, in one variant or another, was likely here to stay, but could be dealt with more like the flu. Javid urged people to continue regular hand-washing, ventilating rooms and sensible social-distancing.
Johnson also said that there are plans to end requirements for people who test positive for COVID to self isolate, and instead that people follow guidelines. Regulations set to expire on March 24 are not to be renewed, said Johnson.