When will social distancing end?

SOCIAL distancing has been in place for Brits since the beginning of the pandemic.

Pubs and restaurants have reopened – but other restrictions like distancing rules remain in place across the UK.

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When will social distancing end?

Mask wearing and social distancing will end on July 19,in another huge lift for fed-up Brits.

Matt Hancock claimed last month that England is on course to end all social distancing measures in mid-June.

The ousted Health Secretary was asked whether the vaccine rate combined with falling hospitalisation and death offers 'real hope' that it could happen.

He simply replied: "Yes."

However, the lifting of restrictions on June 21 – as was originally planned – was dealt a blow as cases of the Delta variant spiked, and July 19 was scheduled as a new target date.

Hancock was replaced by the UK's new Health Secretary Sajid Javid after CCTV images were published showing him passionately kissing his aide.

And he admitted he had "broken social distancing rules" after lecturing the country on coronavirus regulations throughout the pandemic.

Javid, who previously held the role of Chancellor, isn't expected to lift lockdown earlier than the planned date of July 19.

However, he is reportedly "extremely reluctant" to extend measures.

In February, Boris Johnson unveiled his lockdown roadmap as he outlined his plans to ease restrictions.

He said: "Our journey back towards normality will be subject to resolving a number of key questions and to do this we will conduct four reviews."

What are the current rules?

The third stage of the lockdown roadmap kicked off on May 17.

Pubs and restaurants are now able to open for indoor dining – but social distancing rules still apply.

Hairdressers and barbers are also allowed to open, as well as zoos.

The opening of nightclubs and music venues is expected to happen on July 19.

Can I meet with my friends at pubs or restaurants?

Pubs and restaurants have been given the green light to open for business again.

Both indoor and outdoor dining is allowed, while the rule of six has been scrapped.

Pubs, bars and restaurants no longer have a 10pm curfew.



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