July 19 Lockdown Restrictions Lifted; What Will Happen Now?
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Written by regionadmin

16th July 2021

On July 19, England entered its final stage of the “Lockdown Roadmap” – a term that refers to the set of four steps taken when easing the measures that the country enforced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first three steps were completed by mid-May and saw non-essential shops, as well as schools, opening up again. Larger groups of people who weren’t from the same household were finally allowed to meet outdoors while bars and restaurants started serving patrons again, albeit still al fresco.

 Gatherings and celebrations were also permitted, although the number of attendees was still capped. Many venues also still opted to enforce social distancing and other COVID-19-related measures.

 When the Lockdown Roadmap was first announced, the government proposed that the following would be enacted:

  • Removal of all legal limits on social contact
  • Re-opening of nightclubs
  • Lifting of restrictions on large events like weddings and festivals
  • COVID-19 testing as a condition of entry

So, were any of these successfully introduced? More importantly, is life in England finally back to the pre-pandemic normal?

 Before going into all that, though, let’s first take a look at how the government was able to design the Lockdown Roadmap.

A Brief Breakdown of the Lockdown Roadmap

First unveiled in February by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Lockdown Roadmap was introduced to the public as a four-step process that would ease England’s strict restrictions. While the proposal was detailed and very thorough, the government was quick to note that all phases were subject to the latest scientific data and would be separated by at least five weeks.

 Before moving to the final stage, though, the government subjected the latest data to the following tests:

  • The success of the vaccine deployment program
  • Evidence to prove that the vaccine deployment program effectively reduced the number of COVID-19 cases
  • The rates of infection wouldn’t put unsustainable pressure on hospitals, frontline workers, and the entire NHS
  • The spread of new COVID-19 variants

England reportedly passed these tests with flying colors, and Step Four of the Lockdown Roadmap was successfully enforced on July 19, which was a few days earlier than the initial proposed date of June 21.

What Restrictions Did Step Four Lift?

On July 19, Prime Minister Johnson confirmed that almost all legal restrictions that the country had passed regarding social contact would be removed. This meant that the following changes took place in England:

  • Removal of limits on the number of people that can meet up with each other
  • Lifting of social distancing measures except in certain places, like hospitals
  • Wearing face masks is no longer legally required
  • Re-opening of nightclubs
  • Removal of limits on the number of attendees at weddings, funerals, concerts, theaters, and sports events
  • Removal of restrictions regarding communal worship
  • Lifting of the table-service only requirement for pubs and restaurants
  • Removal of guidance recommending against travel to countries categorized under the Amber List
  • Removal of the requirement for minors and fully-vaccinated adults to self-isolate after visiting countries under the Amber List, except for those who traveled to and returned from France

The lifting of these restrictions certainly makes it seem as if life in England is finally returning to normal. But make no mistake, there are still a few measures that remain in place.

What Restrictions Remain in Place?

For instance, while the legal mandate for face masks has been lifted, Health Secretary Sajid Javid stated that they were still “expected and recommended,” especially in crowded indoor areas and on public transport. Establishments may also still require patrons to wear them before entering.

Additionally, nightclubs and other large gatherings are required to ask people for their vaccination certificate, a negative COVID-19 test, or any other evidence that can prove they have a natural immunity to the virus due to a recent infection. The government isn’t legally requiring this “COVID passport,” but event organizers are still highly recommended to enforce them.

The government has also stated that they “reserve the right” to legally require people to provide COVID-19-related certificates before entering certain venues if future data shows its necessity.

Besides these, people in England will still have to self-isolate if they’ve been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace. This requirement will remain in place until August 16, after which it will be lifted for fully vaccinated adults and individuals under the age of 18. However, both groups will still be legally mandated to quarantine themselves if they test positive for the virus.

How Risky is the Lockdown Roadmap?

After more than a year of living under strict regulations, people in England are pleased about the prospect of things finally returning to normal. However, there have been several who vehemently oppose the Lockdown Roadmap and the fact that the country has entered Step Four.

For instance, more than 1,200 scientists voiced their support for a letter published in The Lancet on July 7, which gravely warned England that the Lockdown Roadmap could result in the development of COVID-19 variants that are resistant to the vaccines currently available.

In its introduction, the letter stated that:

“As the third wave of the pandemic takes hold across England, the UK Government plans to further re-open the nation. Implicit in this decision is the acceptance that infections will surge, but that this does not matter because vaccines have ‘broken the link between infection and mortality.’ On July 19, 2021—branded as Freedom Day—almost all restrictions are set to end. We believe this decision is dangerous and premature.

Given that Britain, particularly England, is a thriving economic and trade center, many international experts are worried that the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions could facilitate the spread of variants, both known and emerging. These could then be transported to countries ill-equipped to handle them.

The Lockdown Roadmap has also been slammed by critics within England. For instance, Professor Christina Pagel, the Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the University College London, said that:

“Because of our position as a global travel hub, any variant that becomes dominant in the UK will likely spread to the rest of the globe. The UK policy doesn’t just affect us. It affects everybody, and everybody has a stake in what we do.”

With experts publicly stating their concerns, it’s clear that while England’s lifting of COVID-19 restrictions is welcome, it still carries with it enormous risks, not just for residents but for the international sphere, as well.

Thus, thorough monitoring of the situations at home and

On July 19, England entered its final stage of the “Lockdown Roadmap” – a term that refers to the set of four steps taken when easing the measures that the country enforced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first three steps were completed by mid-May and saw non-essential shops, as well as schools, opening up again. Larger groups of people who weren’t from the same household were finally allowed to meet outdoors while bars and restaurants started serving patrons again, albeit still al fresco.

Gatherings and celebrations were also permitted, although the number of attendees was still capped. Many venues also still opted to enforce social distancing and other COVID-19-related measures.

When the Lockdown Roadmap was first announced, the government proposed that the following would be enacted:

  • Removal of all legal limits on social contact
  • Re-opening of nightclubs
  • Lifting of restrictions on large events like weddings and festivals
  • COVID-19 testing as a condition of entry

So, were any of these successfully introduced? More importantly, is life in England finally back to the pre-pandemic normal?

Before going into all that, though, let’s first take a look at how the government was able to design the Lockdown Roadmap.

A Brief Breakdown of the Lockdown Roadmap

First unveiled in February by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Lockdown Roadmap was introduced to the public as a four-step process that would ease England’s strict restrictions. While the proposal was detailed and very thorough, the government was quick to note that all phases were subject to the latest scientific data and would be separated by at least five weeks.

Before moving to the final stage, though, the government subjected the latest data to the following tests:

  • The success of the vaccine deployment program
  • Evidence to prove that the vaccine deployment program effectively reduced the number of COVID-19 cases
  • The rates of infection wouldn’t put unsustainable pressure on hospitals, frontline workers, and the entire NHS
  • The spread of new COVID-19 variants

England reportedly passed these tests with flying colors, and Step Four of the Lockdown Roadmap was successfully enforced on July 19, which was a few days earlier than the initial proposed date of June 21.

What Restrictions Did Step Four Lift?

On July 19, Prime Minister Johnson confirmed that almost all legal restrictions that the country had passed regarding social contact would be removed. This meant that the following changes took place in England:

  • Removal of limits on the number of people that can meet up with each other
  • Lifting of social distancing measures except in certain places, like hospitals
  • Wearing face masks is no longer legally required
  • Re-opening of nightclubs
  • Removal of limits on the number of attendees at weddings, funerals, concerts, theaters, and sports events
  • Removal of restrictions regarding communal worship
  • Lifting of the table-service only requirement for pubs and restaurants
  • Removal of guidance recommending against travel to countries categorized under the Amber List
  • Removal of the requirement for minors and fully-vaccinated adults to self-isolate after visiting countries under the Amber List, except for those who traveled to and returned from France

The lifting of these restrictions certainly makes it seem as if life in England is finally returning to normal. But make no mistake, there are still a few measures that remain in place.

What Restrictions Remain in Place?

For instance, while the legal mandate for face masks has been lifted, Health Secretary Sajid Javid stated that they were still “expected and recommended,” especially in crowded indoor areas and on public transport. Establishments may also still require patrons to wear them before entering.

Additionally, nightclubs and other large gatherings are required to ask people for their vaccination certificate, a negative COVID-19 test, or any other evidence that can prove they have a natural immunity to the virus due to a recent infection. The government isn’t legally requiring this “COVID passport,” but event organizers are still highly recommended to enforce them.

The government has also stated that they “reserve the right” to legally require people to provide COVID-19-related certificates before entering certain venues if future data shows its necessity.

Besides these, people in England will still have to self-isolate if they’ve been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace. This requirement will remain in place until August 16, after which it will be lifted for fully vaccinated adults and individuals under the age of 18. However, both groups will still be legally mandated to quarantine themselves if they test positive for the virus.

How Risky is the Lockdown Roadmap?

After more than a year of living under strict regulations, people in England are pleased about the prospect of things finally returning to normal. However, there have been several who vehemently oppose the Lockdown Roadmap and the fact that the country has entered Step Four.

For instance, more than 1,200 scientists voiced their support for a letter published in The Lancet on July 7, which gravely warned England that the Lockdown Roadmap could result in the development of COVID-19 variants that are resistant to the vaccines currently available.

In its introduction, the letter stated that:

“As the third wave of the pandemic takes hold across England, the UK Government plans to further re-open the nation. Implicit in this decision is the acceptance that infections will surge, but that this does not matter because vaccines have ‘broken the link between infection and mortality.’ On July 19, 2021—branded as Freedom Day—almost all restrictions are set to end. We believe this decision is dangerous and premature.

Given that Britain, particularly England, is a thriving economic and trade center, many international experts are worried that the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions could facilitate the spread of variants, both known and emerging. These could then be transported to countries ill-equipped to handle them.

The Lockdown Roadmap has also been slammed by critics within England. For instance, Professor Christina Pagel, the Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the University College London, said that:

“Because of our position as a global travel hub, any variant that becomes dominant in the UK will likely spread to the rest of the globe. The UK policy doesn’t just affect us. It affects everybody, and everybody has a stake in what we do.”

With experts publicly stating their concerns, it’s clear that while England’s lifting of COVID-19 restrictions is welcome, it still carries with it enormous risks, not just for residents but for the international sphere, as well.

Thus, thorough monitoring of the situations at home and

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