Covid news latest – Face masks OPTIONAL from July 19 as Robert Jenrick hands boost to ‘Freedom Day’

FACE masks will be a “personal choice” after July 19, a minister has confirmed – with social distancing and isolation also set to end.

Cabinet minister Robert Jenrick said the data was “looking good” for Covidrules to be rolled back after ‘Freedom Day’.

He told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday: “Like many people, I want to get away from these restrictions as quickly as I possibly can and we don’t want them to stay in place for a day longer than is necessary.

“I think we are going to now move into a period where there won’t be legal restrictions, the state won’t be telling you what to do, but you will want to exercise a degree of personal responsibility and judgment – different people will come to different conclusions on things like masks, for example.

“The Prime Minister will set out more detail on the national policy on some of those restrictions in the coming days.

“But there will be things we all definitely need to do – it will be essential that every adult gets fully vaccinated.”

Pressed on whether he would “get rid” of his mask after July 19 if permitted to do so, Mr Jenrick said: “I will. I don’t particularly want to wear a mask. I don’t think a lot of people enjoy doing it.”

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