Will there be another lockdown this year?

THERE are fears Britain could be back in lockdown within a matter of weeks as cases continue to surge around the country.

But what has actually been said? Here’s all you need to know…

Will there be another lockdown in 2021? 

Although no official decisions have been made – experts and politicians have been warning that another lockdown could be on the horizon.

What has been said about another lockdown this year? 

Chris Whitty has warned England could be plunged back into lockdown within five weeks as Covid cases surge during the third wave.

The chief medical officer says coronavirus hospitalisations are doubling about every three weeks and could hit "quite scary numbers".

His stark warning comes days before July 19's 'Freedom Day' and the final step in Boris Johnson's roadmap out of Covid curbs.

But top doc Prof Whitty said the country is "not out of the woods yet" as cases rocketed to the highest level in six months.

Speaking at a Science Museum webinar yesterday, Prof Whitty said: "I don't think we should underestimate the fact that we could get into trouble again surprisingly fast."

He added: "We are not by any means out of the woods yet on this, we are in much better shape due to the vaccine programme, and drugs and a variety of other things.

"But this has got a long way to run in the UK, and it's got even further to run globally."

Prof Whitty cautioned that if vaccines weren't "topping out" the virus the PM may have to "look again" at reimposing restrictions in in "five, six, seven eight weeks' time".

What Covid rules are easing on July 19th?

MASKS OFF (MOSTLY)

Brits will no longer receive a fine if they don’t wear a face covering.

But it's much more complicated than it first appears.

The latest guidance, issued on Wednesday, says the Government "expects and recommends" masks to be worn by workers and customers in crowded, enclosed spaces such as public transport.

SOCIAL DISTANCING SCRAPPED

The one-metre-plus social distancing rule will be scrapped on July 19 in a huge boost for the hospitality industry.

There will be no limits on how many people can meet socially, or where they can meet. This applies to weddings, funerals and other life events.

Punters will finally be allowed to mingle and stand once again, while ordering from the bar will also be permitted. 

Some clubs will reopen at midnight on Sunday as the Great British night out makes a roaring return.

NO MORE QR CODES

Punters will no longer need to check in to venues by scanning a QR code using the Test and Trace app.

There will no longer be a legal requirement for Covid certification for any setting – though businesses will be permitted to continue to use the app if they wish to do so.

BACK TO THE OFFICE

Brits will be heading back to the office from July 19 after months of remote working.

Current guidance states that employees who can work from home must do so – despite swathes of the economy being open. 

But the rules will change from July 19 to allow firms to tell employees how and where they should work. 

RULE OF SIX SCRAPPED

The Rule of Six will finally be scrapped in a huge boost for the hospitality industry.

Groups of more than 30 people will also be allowed to meet up as limits on large gatherings are eased.

And that means nightclubs, strip clubs, shisha bars and music venues can finally reopen after being forced to close their doors in March last year.

FESTIVALS BACK ON

Mass events, including festivals, will also be allowed from July 19, the PM said.

Festivals and concerts have been cancelled for the past 18 months as a result of social distancing restrictions. 

However, even when they can go ahead it's believed vaccine passports may be required.

All Points East, Parklife and Reading and Leeds festivals are among those going ahead this summer.

DOUBLE-JABBED BRITS CAN SKIP QUARANTINE

Buckle up if you're hoping to head away this summer – there's a lot to know.

Summer breaks have been thrown into chaos as countries move around the UK's travel 'traffic light' system.

And the situation has become even more complicated after travellers returning from France were told they'll have to comply with quarantine – even if they're fully vaccinated.

Officials recently announced that double-jabbed Brits will be able to skip quarantine when travelling back from amber-listed countries were confirmed last week.

In theory, it means countries on the current amber list – like Spain, Portugal and Greece – will finally reopen to sun-seekers desperate for a beach break.

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