Boris Johnson says there’s a “good chance” social distancing will end next month

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Boris Johnson says there’s a “good chance” social distancing will end next month

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that there is a “good chance” social distancing requirements will end next month.

Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail in Hartlepool, the Prime Minister said that the success of the vaccine rollout is “really starting to show up in epidemiology”.

So far, 50 million jabs have been administered to people across the UK, with one in four adults now fully protected against the Covid-19 virus.

Mr Johnson said the next stage of lockdown easing on 17 May “will be able to go ahead”. From this date, people will be able to mix indoors and travel abroad once again.

He said: “It also looks to me as though June 21 we’ll be able to say goodbye to social distancing as we currently have to do it. I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre plus from June 21.

“That is still dependent on the data, we can’t say it categorically yet, we have got to look at the epidemiology as we progress, we have got to look at where we get to with the disease.

“But that’s what it feels like to me right now.”

In the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, 21 June is the proposed date in which all legal restrictions on social contact is hoped to be removed.

However, there have been suggestions that the use of other protective measures, including face masks, will continue beyond this date.

There is set to be a review on social distancing measures, which “will help inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which rules on one-metre-plus, face masks and other measures may be lifted.”

The results of the review are yet to be published to the public.

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