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How Covid lockdown restrictions could change after 19 July

When will self-isolation rules end?



Newly appointed Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was ‘confident that date would be the end of all measures

By Maria Collinge

June 30, 2021 12:31 pm(Updated 1:25 pm)


Sajid Javid has declared that 19 July will be “the end of the line” for coronavirus restrictions in England. Addressing the House of Commons for the first time on Tuesday, the newly appointed Health Secretary said despite rising cases of the Delta variant across the UK, he was “confident” that date would be the end of all measures. He said the target date will be met and that the country will “learn to live with” Covid-19.


So with restrictions set to ease, what exactly will change on ‘freedom day’? Here’s what we know.


Self-isolation

According to a report by The Sun, any Britons who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from the 10-day isolation rule, even if they are informed by the Test and Trace app that they have come into close contact with someone who has contracted the virus.

As an alternative, the vaccinated will be required to take a 20-minute lateral flow test and will only have to isolate if they test positive following a successful 40,000 person pilot study. However, they will be required to take a test every day during the 10 day period.

Schools

Under current measures which require children to isolate for 10 days if a peer in their bubble tests positive, latest official figures released by the Department for Education showed that 357,000 (5 per cent) of children were absent from English schools last week.


With pressures mounting on ministers to overhaul the ‘bubble’ self-isolation rules which cause significant disruption to face-to-face learning, Education minister Nick Gibb told LBC on Wednesday that the Government is currently piloting rapid testing in a number of schools and colleges until the end of today.

Data will be reviewed to determine a plan over the coming weeks before the new term begins in September. On Wednesday, Mr Gibb told Sky News that an announcement on pupil school measures will be made prior to 19 July.


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