Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Next step on the roadmap to normality

Yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that we will proceed to Step 4 of the Roadmap for easing restrictions on 19 July, while urging the public to be cautious as we move from regulations towards personal responsibility.

  • Thanks to the continued success of Britain's historic vaccination programme, the link between infections and hospitalisations has been severely weakened, with an estimated 8.5 million infections and 30,000 deaths prevented in England alone.

  • That is why the government believe we are able to move to Step 4 of the Roadmap on 19 July, lifting the majority of legal restrictions - however people will be expected to protect themselves and others through informed choice, such as wearing face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces - where you come into contact with those you don’t normally meet - and using the NHS Covid pass in high risk settings.
  • Guidance has been set out for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable on how they can keep themselves safe.

  • The pandemic is not over and cases will continue to rise over the coming weeks, but with 80 million vaccinations now administered we can replace the short term protection of restrictions with the long standing protections vaccines offer.
  • There are no easy answers and no perfect courses of action. Every government throughout the world has faced criticism from the relatives of those who died for not doing enough to stop the pandemic and by those who have lost their jobs or businesses for being too restrictive.

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