Samuel Case, FISM News
After more than a year and a half of lockdowns, England lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions on Monday; an event British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is calling “Freedom Day.”
As of Monday all limits on concerts, theaters, sporting events, and other gathering places are ended. Masks and vaccines are still encouraged for the British people, but neither will be required.
In a video statement Johnson said “if we don’t do it now we’ve got to ask ourselves, when will we ever do it?” Adding, “This is the right moment but we’ve got to do it cautiously. We’ve got to remember that this virus is sadly still out there.”
In the same statement the Prime Minister announced that he will be self-isolating until July 26th after being exposed to the virus through health minister Sajid Javid. Johnson tested negative for the virus and is showing no signs of infection.
Like so many people I've been pinged by NHS Test and Trace as I have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, and I will be self-isolating until Monday 26th July. pic.twitter.com/X57gDpwDqe
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 18, 2021
The Prime Minister faced a serious bout of COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic, requiring ICU treatment. On top of his previous infection Johnson has also received two doses of vaccine.