On Monday 21st February, the Prime Minister gave a statement to Parliament on living with COVID-19, and has published the government’s plan for removing the remaining legal restrictions while protecting the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and maintaining resilience.
In his statement he confirmed that:
- The government will remove all remaining domestic COVID-19 legal restrictions in England.
- From 24 February, the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive COVID-19 test will be removed.
- Vaccinated contacts and those under 18 will no longer be told to test themselves for seven days after coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- Self-isolation payments will end and so will routine contact tracing.
- The guidance in education to undertake twice weekly testing will be removed
- Free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public will end from 1 April.
However, the government continue to ask people to practice safe and responsible behaviours. Staying at home and avoiding contact with others is still the most effective way to avoid passing on COVID-19 if you are infected. The government has set out full, updated advice on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.
- The oldest age groups and those most vulnerable will still get free tests.
- The most vulnerable will be offered an additional COVID-19 booster vaccine from the spring
You can read the full statement here.
Whilst these changes are in place, it is important to learn to live safely with Covid-19 and continue to take precautions to keep everyone safe, as the pandemic is not over.
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