All the Covid laws that will end next week as Boris Johnson finally gives us back our freedoms


BORIS Johnson will make a landmark announcement on Monday scrapping all remaining Covid restrictions.

The PM is due to announce to Parliament that the final curbs on our every day lives are to be axed.

Onwards: Boris will announce the end of Covid laws on Monday

He’s bringing forward his plans to end all pandemic regulations by a month as Omicron cases continue to plummet.

It means next Thursday is set to be the first day in two years which Brits will be able to enjoy without any restrictions.

Covid cases have tumbled by 27% in a month with another 54,218 people testing positive in today’s figures.

Boris will get up on his feet on Monday afternoon to unveil his full plan to “live with Covid” in a watershed moment.

The changes will only apply to England because Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland set their own Covid policies.

Here’s what the PM is set to announce…


The headline announcement will be that the PM is ditching the legal requirement for Brits who catch the virus to self-isolate.

That means fines for non-compliance with quarantine rules of up to £10,000 will cease to be enforceable.

Currently everyone who tests positive for the virus must quarantine at home for at least five full days.

If you return two negative lateral flow swabs on days five and six you can then leave isolation early.

The fully jabbed who come into contact with an infected person should test daily but don’t have to isolate so long as they remain negative.

Meanwhile unvaccinated people who are close contacts of Covid sufferers must go into quarantine for 10 days.

But those rules will be ditched later this month and it will instead be up to ordinary Brits to use their common sense when they feel ill.

Downing Street insisted that while laws would be dropped health guidance will remain in place.

A spokesman said: “Obviously in the same way that someone with flu, we wouldn’t recommend they go to work.

“We would never recommend anyone goes to work when they have an infectious disease.”


As a result of the end of self-isolation rules, emergency laws granting Brits extra sick pay rights also look set to go.

Currently staff who have to quarantine because of Covid are advised to ask their bosses if they’re covered for time off.

Low earners who can’t afford the time off work can apply for a a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

No 10 has previously said that no final decision has yet been taken on whether to extend the scheme.

But a spokesman said firms will be given a “wide range of guidance” on how to treat employees after the removal of self-isolation.


The PM will announce that free PCR tests are set to be axed within weeks as part of the living with Covid plan.

They will remain free for vulnerable people and within hospitals and high-risk settings but not for the wider population.

Free lateral flow kits are also set for the chop, with the Government telling the asymptomatic to stop testing.

However, they too may still remain free of charge for the elderly and most vulnerable groups.

People who catch Covid will stop being told to take an LFT on days five and six to further reduce their use.


Mask wearing was scrapped in most venues in England when the Plan B measures were axed.

But there are still some venues where they remain legally enforceable, but soon face the chop.

Currently people are still asked to cover up in health and care settings including hospitals, GP surgeries and pharmacies, and nursing homes.

Schools also currently still have the power to order mask wearing in communal areas like corridors and canteens to fight local outbreaks.

Face coverings are currently still required on public transport in London, but they are not legally enforceable with fines.

Instead people can only be refused entry to TfL services if they refuse to wear a mask.