Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the press on Monday from London to set out his plans for coronavirus relief.
This announcement comes after a surge of the Delta variant in the UK due to a delay in adding India to the travel red list.
The new rules would entail the government dropping all social restrictions from COVID, aside from self-isolation upon a positive test result.
It would cause masks and social distancing to become voluntary, with some worrying it would become a sign of political allegiance, as in the US.
New Health Secretary Sajid Javid has developed this agenda just weeks after taking the job. This a sharp contrast to Former Secretary Hancock, who was increasingly wary of new variants.
Critics cite the rapid rise in cases and slowdown in vaccinations as a huge deterrent for lockdown easing to this degree.
Tory MPs now say the country must “learn to live with the virus”, though there are worries that this approach could cause new variants to develop.