UK PM Boris Johnson
UK PM Boris Johnson

As COVID restrictions will set ease from July 19 in the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that sports stadiums and events will have no capacity cap while announcing ease of restrictions.

The five-Test series between India and England is set to be played in front of packed crowds after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the lifting of COVID-19 related restrictions on Monday.

Boris Johnson says people in England will no longer be required by law to wear face masks in indoor public spaces and to keep at least 1 meter (3 feet) apart as soon as later this month, confirming plans to reopen society despite rising coronavirus cases.

Johnson confirmed Monday that legal sanctions will be replaced by individual "informed decisions" when the country moves to the final stage of its lockdown-lifting roadmap. He said that's scheduled to happen on July 19, although a final decision will come on July 12.

The change will mean people can throw away masks after months of enforced face-covering, though businesses and transit operators may still require them, and they will still be recommended in some enclosed spaces.

Britain has recorded more than 128,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest toll in Western Europe, and confirmed infections are rising due to the highly transmissible delta variant.

Public health officials say Britain's robust vaccination program has weakened the link between infections and deaths, but not severed it entirely. The government acknowledges that infections, hospitalizations and deaths will all rise once the remaining restrictions are lifted.

Johnson said "this pandemic is far from over" and "we must reconcile ourselves, sadly, to more deaths from COVID."

Recently, the chief of a top doctors’ association in the United Kingdom had urged the government to keep in place COVID-19 restrictions even after the lockdown is lifted on July 19.

“We have made excellent progress with both the vaccination campaign and individual actions from the people across the country over the last 18 months, and the government must not throw this away at this critical juncture,” Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the council chair of the British Medical Association (BMA), said.

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