BRITS will be free of draconian isolation rules from today as the pingdemic finally comes to an end.
Double-jabbed adults and children under 18 will now be able to carry on as normal even if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid.
They are advised to get a PCR test, but this will not be a legal requirement.
Double-jabbed Brits who are found to be close contacts will still be advised to wear a face mask in enclosed spaces and limit their contact with others.
But they will not be ordered to isolate inside for up to ten days — and do not even need to wait until their PCR result comes back.
More than three-quarters of the population are now double-vaccinated.
If you develop symptoms at any time — vaccinated or not — you should get a test.
Dr Jenny Harries
Anyone who has virus symptoms should still self-isolate and get a test as normal — and anyone who tests positive will be legally bound to stay inside.
Dr Jenny Harries, of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Although two doses of vaccine will greatly reduce your own risk of becoming unwell with Covid, it is still possible to contract the virus and pass it to others.
“So if you develop symptoms at any time — vaccinated or not — you should get a test.”
The NHS app is to be updated to fit in with the new regulations.
Most double-jabbed health and social care staff who are close contacts of cases will be able to routinely return to work, provided they have had a negative PCR.
They should still take daily lateral flow tests as a precaution however.
From Monday we can take another huge step back towards our normal lives.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Asking the close contacts of people with Covid-19 to isolate has played a critical role in helping us get this virus under control.
“Millions of people across the UK have made enormous sacrifices by doing this.
“Getting two doses of a vaccine has tipped the odds in our favour and allowed us to safely reclaim our lost freedoms, and from Monday we can take another huge step back towards our normal lives.”