Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament on living with COVID-19

Yesterday (22nd Feb 2022) 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 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. He confirmed that self-isolation payments will end and so will routine contact tracing.

He also confirmed that, from 21 February, the guidance in education to undertake twice-weekly testing will be removed, and free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public will end from 1 April. However, the oldest age groups and those most vulnerable will still get free tests.

The Prime Minister also announced that the most vulnerable will be offered an additional COVID-19 booster vaccine from the spring.

  • See the statement here.
  • See the guidance here.


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