Covid positives in the UK will no longer be legally required to remain in isolation.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, responding in the House of Commons, underlined his willingness to bring forward the end of the latest restrictions if the encouraging trend in data continues in the coming weeks.
Johnson announces end of restrictions from 21 February: no isolation for positives
By the end of February, Covid positives in the UK will no longer be legally required to remain in isolation.
This was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during Question Time in the House of Commons, but he stressed that the “encouraging trend” that has seen a steady decline in infections and hospital admissions in recent weeks must continue.
And it is because of the extraordinary booster campaign – together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures – that we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 19, 2022
The UK Prime Minister said he would present the government’s strategy for dealing with Covid, i.e. treating it as an endemic rather than a pandemic, on 21 February. The current rules to contain the spread of Covid-19 in England are due to expire on 24 March.
Some restrictions, such as the green pass (introduced in December and only for clubs and large events) and the requirement to wear a mask in shops and on public transport, were lifted on 27 January.