Sajid Javid today says the best way to protect the nation’s health is to lift the remaining coronavirus restrictions.
Writing exclusively for The Mail on Sunday, the new Health Secretary says: ‘The economic arguments for opening up are well known, but for me, the health arguments are equally compelling.’
His comments mark a sharp change in tone from that of his predecessor Matt Hancock, who was forced to resign last weekend after his affair with an aide was exposed.
They come as Boris Johnson prepares to announce a raft of measures to come into force from July 19 which will ‘make Britain the most open country in Europe’.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that under Freedom Day plans expected to be signed off by the Cabinet tomorrow:
- The Prime Minister is ‘determined’ that fully vaccinated Britons will be able to travel to amber-list countries including Spain and Greece without having to self-isolate when they return;
- Wearing face masks will become voluntary everywhere – including on public transport – with the exception of hospitals and other healthcare settings;
- Those who have received two doses of a vaccine will not be required to self-isolate or take Covid-19 tests if they are alerted that they have come into contact with someone with the virus – but tests will still be available for all those who want them;
- The school ‘bubbles’ system that has seen hundreds of thousands of pupils being forced to self-isolate at home will be axed and replaced with daily testing;
- Restaurants, pubs and shops will no longer have to demand that customers provide their personal data or sign in with a ‘QR’ code.
Read more: Report: ‘Sajid Javid goes full speed ahead towards lifting ALL lockdown restrictions to ‘make Britain the most open country in Europe’ from July 19 in dramatic tone shift from shamed predecessor Matt Hancock’ – now we can see why they wanted to ditch Hancock and appear to take a new direction, but we will see in the Autumn/Winter what a temporary illusion that is