As the rest of the country is busy celebrating the long-awaited Freedom Day, Boris Johnson is stuck in self-isolation.
Despite warnings about the risk of abandoning Covid control measures amidst the soaring cases, the prime minister decided to proceed with plans for the so-called Freedom Day.
Rules on social distancing, gatherings and the working from home guidance have been scrapped from today. Although masks will still be required on public transport, it is no longer be a mandate to wear them anywhere else. For the first time since March nightclubs will be allowed to reopen.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged everyone across England to remain alert as the pandemic is still soaring.
“Please, please, please be cautious. Go forward into the next step with all the right prudence and respect for other people,” the prime minister said in a statement.
Merrymakers flocked to nightclubs and theatres whilst others were in the streets following Freedom Day which has seen the lifting of almost all Covid rules at one minute past midnight today.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is in quarantine at his official residence at Chequers. The prime minister was “pinged” by the NHS Test and Trace after being in contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who subsequently tested positive for the virus.
Many have damned Mr. Johnson for gambling on the effectiveness of the vaccination programs and the NHS Track and Trace. Critics say the move will lead to more hospitalizations and deaths.
According to government statistics, there were 48,161 lab-confirmed cases in the UK on Sunday and almost the same figure had also been recorded on Saturday.