Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, announced that nearly all pandemic measures would be eased in England on 19 July, although the final green light would only be given on 12 July.
Although admitting “this pandemic is far from over”, Johnson said individuals should rely on their own judgement on how to stay safe, reported CityAM.
Several scientists and the opposition Labour party said the government should exercise more caution, France 24 said.
Johnson said restrictions might have to be reintroduced in the winter and that he himself would “continue to wear a mask in crowded situations,” the Financial Times noted.
The rest of the UK--Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales--will also scale back restrictions, “but more slowly,” according to DW.