The British government plans to end mandatory face-covering protocols this Thursday. The Prime Minister has also announced that Covid-19 passes will end. The prime minister has gone to the extent of announcing that it is also dropping its mandates for employers to allow work from home.
The prime minister has said that England is ready to go back to level A, as the population has followed Plan B with a lot of reverence. The boosters have made it easier for the population to bounce back to normal. He also said in his statement that the Omicron variant may have peaked in the country.
Covid Masking And Mandatory Passes To End In England
The country has accomplished a lot while following all the protocols. However, the authorities have also said that this does not mean that laxity will be embarked upon. As, it is pretty uncertain how the future Covid variants will be coming up and blooming, if not controlled. The authorities have even said that the people must learn to live with the pandemic.
Authorities have continued to urge people to take steps to keep the protocols in mind. Hand washing, ventilating the spaces, and self-isolation when it comes to infection have to be followed without fail. The government is asking all the individuals to come forward to take jabs.
According to sources the curbs that are going to end include Covid passports to enter the nightclubs and other public spaces. However, the government has reiterated that such large venues could still ask for NHS passports if they feel like it. It is up to their discretion. The government will not be pressing people to work from home any longer.
Face masks will not be a mandate any longer. But people can still choose to wear them if they like. And, people in closed surroundings can think of other avenues to cover their faces. From Thursday onwards, secondary school children no longer have to mandatorily wear their masks in school.
Boris Johnson is also thinking about other announcements to make in the wake of the Covid-19 guidelines. The PM also plans to change some rules for those who are tested positive. But as of now, it will be in force. The current covid regulations and self-isolation will be ending sometime in mid-March if reports are to be believed.
The national health register data states that the infection rates will be falling in England. Many hospitals have also released statements in which they have mentioned that the hospitalization rates were stabilizing. However, he says that infections in primary schools could continue to rise in Northeast and North-west England.
The government is looking at various avenues to chalk out some long-term plans for the country as a whole. The government has also asked people to remain cautious amidst all the rising infections. However, if one goes by recent scenarios, the situation in schools is really bad.
More pupils might get affected if all the measures like masking are lifted, a belief by administrators, teachers, and parents. Many believe that the situation is still precarious. There could be a massive infection in children if all the measures are dropped in schools and that points to wearing masks.
The situation is still grim for the NHS, as many people are still in the hospitals. The figures are higher than what it was last winter. The immunity buildup due to vaccination and previous infections is high, which seems to give the UK an edge over the other countries across the globe. However, the virus is still rampant, and no one knows yet how many times it will change.