U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that his government would finally be lifting nearly all COVID restrictions.
Beginning next week, British citizens will no longer be required to wear masks anywhere, and remaining work-from-home policies will be lifted as well. Johnson also indicated that quarantine and self-isolation policies set to expire in March may be lifted even sooner. This comes as state scientists have suggested the Omicron variant has surpassed its peak nationally.
Johnson says vaccines and boosters have been successful enough to begin moving to an endemic stage in the United Kingdom.
“Because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire as a result from the start of Thursday next week.”
‘Plan A’ involves a looser approach that relies more heavily on self-care and self-quarantining, as well as booster campaigns and tighter border controls.
Johnson also said that COVID-19 passes would also end, although individual businesses could continue their use if they choose.