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The 1m plus social distancing rule could be ditched by June, says Boris Johnson

The 1m plus social distancing rule could be ditched by June, says Boris Johnson

Author: Wardah Sempa | Monday 3rd May 2021

The 1m plus social distancing rule could be ditched by June, says Boris Johnson Photograph

Britain is on course towards the end of next month to ditch the Covid-19 social distancing rule requiring people to stay at least 1m apart, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (May 3).

Mr Johnson's government has set out a road map to end lockdown restrictions in stages as widespread vaccinations help to suppress infections.

June 21 has been set as a date when social distancing could end. Asked about that possibility during a campaign visit in northern England, Mr Johnson said: "I think we've got a good chance, a good chance, of being able to dispense with 1m plus."

The 1m plus rule means people need to stay at least that distance apart and take other mitigating measures to prevent the spread of infections. It has been heavily criticised by the hospitality industry.

The next stage of the government's unlocking plans is May 17, when restrictions on foreign travel are expected to be eased, but not lifted.