Freedom Day on June 21 is the Government’s proposed lockdown exit date, giving millions of Brits a taste of restriction-free life for the first time since early 2020. Although the current restrictions are some of the lightest yet, people want all aspects of their “normal” lives to return. But they may have to wait a little longer than expected due to England’s rapidly evolving infection rate.
Has freedom day been delayed?
The Government has so far followed its Covid “roadmap” to the letter, freeing up a new section of society at least once a month since April.
Each checkpoint came with a negligible number of Covid cases, with deaths down to the single figures by last week.
Recently, however, cases have increased astronomically, today hitting more than 8,000 due to the now dominant Delta Covid variant.
Medical professionals have warned many more people need their vaccination before fully unlocking England.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association (BMA), has urged the Government to reconsider its previous date.
He told the Guardian the best protection comes within two weeks after vaccination, and the current plans do not offer enough time.
He warned: “We will not have enough of the population properly protected by June 21.”