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Boris Johnson Says There's A 'Good Chance' Social Distancing Rules Could Be Axed Next Month

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Boris Johnson Says There's A 'Good Chance' Social Distancing Rules Could Be Axed Next Month

Boris Johnson has said there's a 'good chance' social distancing rules could be axed next month.

Speaking to reporters in Hartlepool, the UK Prime Minister said: "As things stand, and the way things are going, with the vaccine rollout going the way that it is - we have done 50 million jabs as I speak to you today, a quarter of the adult population, one in four have had two jabs.

"You are seeing the results of that really starting to show up in the epidemiology.

"I think that we will be able to go ahead, feels like 17 May is going to be good.

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"But it also looks to me as though 21 June we'll be able to say social distancing as we currently have to do it, the one-metre plus, I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre plus from 21 June.

Boris Johnson campaigning in Hartlepool. Credit: PA
Boris Johnson campaigning in Hartlepool. Credit: PA

"That is still dependent on the data, we can't say it categorically yet, we have got to look at the epidemiology as we progress, we have got to look at where we get to with the disease. But that's what it feels like to me right now."

It's believed that the masks, screens and one-way systems we've become so used to could remain in place to mitigate risks.

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According to a report in The Times, the biggest venues would still have to operate at reduced capacity to ease strain on public transport, but pubs are expected to operate at full capacity for the first time in more than a year.

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Boris Johnson went on to talk about foreign holidays, explaining that he expects 'some openings up' on 17 May when a new traffic light system is introduced for travel.

The 56-year-old said: "We will be saying more as soon as we can. I think that there will be some openings up on the 17th, but we have got to be cautious and we have got to be sensible and we have got to make sure that we don't see the virus coming back in."

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He went on to say that he did not want to see an 'influx of disease' once international travel resumes, which is why the Government is being 'as cautious as we can' with the road map.

During the campaign visit to Hartlepool, he said: "We do want to do some opening up on 17 May but I don't think that the people of this country want to see an influx of disease from anywhere else.

"I certainly don't and we have got to be very, very tough, and we have got to be as cautious as we can, whilst we continue to open up."

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This comes after 22 of the UK's leading scientists suggested that coronavirus measures such as social distancing should be done away with in June in a bid to allow people to 'take back control of their lives'.

The open letter, signed by representatives from different universities and a scientist who sits on Nervtag - the government's new and emerging virus taskforce - states that 'a good society cannot be created by obsessive focus on a single cause of ill-health' and calls for all of the government's coronavirus restrictions to be lifted on 21 June.

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