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Face masks no longer needed from next week with ‘Plan B’ measures scrapped

'Plan B' measures will come to an end next week meaning that facemasks and work from home measures will no longer be mandatory.

Boris Johnson has announced in parliament today that ‘Plan B’ measures will be allowed to expire next week, meaning that facemasks will no longer be compulsory and people will not be asked to work from home wherever possible.

Mandatory Covid-19 passes to concerts and nightclubs will also no longer be needed.

From tomorrow, Thursday 20 January, facemasks will not be needed in classrooms and the guidance to wear them in communal areas will be shortly removed.

The Government will still “suggest” the use of face coverings in cramped or crowded spaces.

The prime minister said: “We will trust the judgement of the British people.”

Restrictions on care home visits will also be eased further, with the changes set out in the coming days.

Mr Johnson said the Government “got the toughest decisions right” after choosing not to go further with Covid-19 measures over the Christmas period.

For now, the legal requirement to self-isolate if you have Covid-19 remains in place but the PM said there will “soon come a time” when this will no longer be the case and those with the virus will instead simply need to be “careful and considerate of others”.

The laws on self-isolation expire on 24 March and Mr Johnson says he expects “not to renew them” on this date, and he may, in fact, seek a vote in the Commons to bring this date forward, saying that he wants to “rely instead on medical advances” such as the vaccines.

Leader of the Labour party, Sir Keir Starmer, says Labour supports the easing of Plan B restrictions.

Sir Starmer said: “Throughout the pandemic, the British Public have made enormous sacrifices… I would like to thank everybody who followed the rules.”

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