As of Monday July 19 there are almost no legal restrictions on behavior in England. After months of lockdown and social contact limits, there are now no restrictions to businesses. Nightclubs, cinemas, and restaurants all return to full capacity; mask mandates have been removed; those working from home are able to gradually return to the office; and there are no social distancing limits.
"If we don't do it now we've got to ask ourselves, when will we ever do it?"prime minister Boris Johnson said in a video message posted to Twitter.
An open letter published early July in The Lancet expressed concerns the complete removal of pandemic restrictions are dangerous, premature, and will leave millions of unvaccinated individuals susceptible to death or long-term illness. The letter, co-signed by hundreds of scientists, lays out several primary problems with the move to lift all restrictions.