Freedom Day: four things you still can’t do despite the easing of the rules today

Nightclubs could reopen but a lot of the rules aren’t going anywhere in a hurry (Image: AFP/Getty/PA)

‘Freedom Day’ is upon us and life today is closer to normal than at any time since March 2020 – something like that.

Some Social distancing restrictions have been lifted as of today and some businesses that were closed for 16 months finally reopened, including nightclubs.

But cases are on the rise and there are grim warnings that we can will soon be at a staggering 200,000 infections per day.

Government, scientists and all the doctors advised us to continue to be careful, wear a mask when appropriate, and remember that the pandemic is not over yet.

So it’s normal – but not quite as you know. Here are four big things you still can’t do from today.

Your mask trash

The law no longer requires face coverings to be worn in public places, but that doesn’t mean you can throw your stuff in the bin.

If you’re going to use public transport – use more public transport later – or go shopping, chances are you still need one.

Some supermarkets and other retailers are still asking customers to wear masks inside (Image: Reuters)

Many famous businesses still require customers to wear masks in their stores, including supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s, and other retailers such as Waterstones.

Why? It may not be against the law anymore but businesses can always set their own rules, even before Covid-19.

The government says it ‘expects and recommends’ customers continue to wear masks, so expect to find many places that still require you to cover your face.

Traveling without covering your face

This is similar to the above but it is even more important when you are using public transport.

Some local leaders and companies have implemented ‘transit status’ face coverings on trains, trams and buses.

Essentially, this means that they have a legal right to how customers should behave when using their services.

When you board public transport, you sign a ‘contract’ with the responsible authority- and if you break it by ignoring their rules, they could take action against you.

Many transport services, including London Underground and Uber, still require customers to wear masks (Image: AFP)

All Transport for services in London will still require face masks, as well as other local networks around the country, including in Manchester, Newcastle and Yorkshire.

Eurostar, Heathrow Express and LNER – which operate cross-border services with Scotland, where masks are still a legal requirement – are among others that have updated their conditions.

Uber too: taxi service announced that customers and drivers both need to cover their faces regardless of the law change.

The rules aren’t the same across the board, so it’s a good idea to check before you travel – or better yet, just bring a mask.

Go to your favorite place on vacation

Guidelines for going abroad are being changed these days but in reality, nothing much has changed.

To this day, Britons are no longer advised by the government not to travel to countries on the amber list.

We were able to go to a small group of countries on the green list, but in theory this change should add dozens of new destinations to your list of potential summer destinations.

Advice when traveling to a country on the amber list is changing but visitors will still face restrictions at home and abroad (Image: PA)

But you can just avoid self-isolation when you come back if you are fooled – and that is exempt No longer applicable if you come to France.

And just because UK politicians say it’s okay, it doesn’t mean other countries necessarily have to die to get you.

For example, as of today, the official advice is that you are free to book a trip to Germany – but the authorities there will still force you to quarantine when you land.

Don’t worry about isolation

You can call it ‘free day’ all you like, self-isolation is going nowhere.

In addition to the obvious fact that you still need to stay home if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, the NHS app is expected to be of active interest in the coming weeks. .

The NHS app is having to work overtime as case rates keep rising (Image: PA)

More 500,000 people were asked to self-isolate using the test and trace app last week and there have been warnings of a ‘pandemic’ that could keep millions indoors at some point this summer.

With increased cases, the ping count will be one-way only, and any domestic exemptions for two-time motorcyclists won’t be in place until August 15.

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