The Prime Minister has told MPs in the House of Commons that the legal requirement for people with Covid having to self-isolate will end on 24 March.
Boris Johnson told MPs today, “As we return to Plan A, the House will know that some measures still remain, including those on self-isolation.
“In particular, it is still a legal requirement for those who have tested positive for Covid to self-isolate.
“On Monday we reduced the isolation period to five full days with two negative tests, and there will soon come a time when we can remove the legal requirement to self-isolate altogether, just as we don’t place legal obligations on people to isolate if they have flu.
“As Covid becomes endemic, we will need to replace legal requirements with advice and guidance, urging people with the virus to be careful and considerate of others.
“The self-isolation regulations expire on March 24, at which point I very much expect not to renew them.
“Indeed, were the data to allow, I’d like to seek a vote in this House to bring that date forward.”
The Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that he will be putting plans in place “in the coming days” as restrictions on visits to care home will be eased, Johnson announced.
The Prime Minister set out his long term strategy for England to live with the virus and said, “Explaining how we hope and intend to protect our liberty and avoid restrictions in future by relying instead on medical advances, especially the vaccines which have already saved so many lives.
“But to make that possible we must all remain cautious during these last weeks of winter. There are still over 16,000 people in hospital in England alone.
“The pandemic is not over.”
He said that Omicron is “not a mild disease for everyone” and advised people to get vaccinated and continue to wash their hands and let in fresh air.
Johnson added, “This week the World Health Organiaztion said that while the global situation remains challenging, the United Kingdom can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is no accident of history.
“Confronted by the nation’s biggest challenge since the Second World War, and the worst pandemic since 1918, any government would get some things wrong, but this government got the big things right.”