The government has gone ahead with their plan to ease all coronavirus restrictions from July 19 despite mixed opinions across the UK – and as the PM, chancellor and the health secretary are self-isolating.
The decision, named ‘Step 4’, sees the removal of masks, social distancing and limits on social mixing.
People working from home will begin to return to the workplace.
Face coverings will still be recommended in some spaces such as supermarkets, but won’t be required by law.
Different types of public transport will have different requirements across England.
Manchester Metrolink has confirmed that customers must continue to wear a face-covering on trams unless exempt or face a fine of up to £100.
A lot is changing from Monday, but the rules around face coverings on trams are not. You must continue to wear a face covering on the tram unless exempt. 😷
If you don’t wear a face covering, you could face a fine of up to £100 or be refused travel.
— Manchester Metrolink 🚊 😷 (@MCRMetrolink) July 18, 2021
Restrictions on the number of guests at events such as weddings and funerals have also been dropped.
Clubs will reopen and businesses such as restaurants, cinemas and theatres can return to normal capacities.
The changes come after 316,691 people tested positive for coronavirus in the UK within the last seven days (5 July 2021 – 11 July 2021).
Oldham still has the highest number of coronavirus infection rates in Greater Manchester.
The town has an infection rate of 713.6 cases per 100,000 people, in comparison to the current national average of 425.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Bolton continues to be the only borough that sits below the national average.
However, more than 68% of UK adults are now fully vaccinated.
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