England Restrictions No More? Self-Isolation Will No Longer Be Required

England Scraps COVID Testing, Moots End to Self-Isolation

A welcomed development or is it too soon?

COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom have seen a major dip since the Omicron outbreak started last December. For that reason, the country’s government officials are considering removing all England COVID-19 restrictions in February. This would be a full month earlier than expected. 

How restrictions in the United Kingdom are easing

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Just last month, England announced that it would welcome foreign tourists without them needing a negative RT-PCR test. The only requirement was that foreign tourists were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Soon, both locals and international travellers will no longer have to quarantine in the country even if they do test positive for the virus.

Previously, England had restrictions for individuals who test positive. They had to self-isolate for a minimum of five days, lest they pay a fine of up to £10,000 for non-compliance. This rule was originally set until the end of March 2022. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told members of parliament that he’s eyeing to lift all COVID-19 restrictions by the end of February instead.

Should England push through with these plans, it will be one of the first countries to lift all COVID-19 restrictions for both its locals and incoming foreign tourists. Scientists reportedly have mixed reactions to this news; some think it’s the logical step forward while others still recommend erring on the side of caution.

Also read: UK Four-Day Work Week Trials to Launch Later in 2022

So, what do you think of this possible new development when it comes to travelling in England? Will we be seeing you there soon?

In the meantime, check out these country manors in England that you can visit on your next trip.

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