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On Monday 21 February, Boris Johnson announced the new steps in England’s living with covid plan, including the relaxation of restrictions and easing of previous rules and regulations.

From Thursday 24 February, the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive covid test will be removed, but those who test positive will be advised to remain at home. The requirement for vaccinated people to test for 7 days will also be scrapped, and the legal requirement for unvaccinated close contacts to self-isolate will also be removed.

In addition, the legal obligation to tell employers when required to self-isolate will also be revoked. Contact tracing will be ended, and the self-isolation payment of £500 will be scrapped, however the Statutory Sick Pay will remain in place for another month. The English public have been told to exercise personal responsibility.

By April 1 2022, free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing channels will end for the general public in England, and testing will become more focused.

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