Boris Johnson hints at ‘good chance’ of social distancing ending on June 21

Boris Johnson says there is a “good chance” social-distancing rules will be scrapped on June 21 as the government had planned.

The Prime Minister said it is likely the UK will be able to "go ahead" with the final phase of Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, but admitted he will not be able to say "categorically" until nearer the time.

Currently, Brits are subject to social restrictions of a distance of one-metre plus, which means people have to stand apart in places like Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's.

Speaking to press on Monday May 3, Mr Johnson attributed the potential relaxation of social distancing rules to the success of the vaccine rollout.

He said: "As things stand, and the way things are going, with the vaccine rollout going the way that it is – we have done 50 million jabs as I speak to you today, quarter of the adult population, one in four have had two jabs."

The Prime Minister said the country is even seeing results in the epidemiology, the study and analysis of health-related events in a population.

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Mr Johnson said: "You are seeing the results of that really starting to show up in the epidemiology. I think that we will be able to go ahead, feels like May 17 is going to be good.

“But it also looks to me as though June 21 we’ll be able to say social distancing as we currently have to do it, the one-metre plus, I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre plus from June 21."

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Boris refused to say for sure if social restrictions will be lifted however, stating that the final decision will be “dependent on the data.

He said: "That is still dependent on the data, we can’t say it categorically yet, we have got to look at the epidemiology as we progress, we have got to look at where we get to with the disease. But that’s what it feels like to me right now."

Under Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, June 21 could also mark the return of nightclubs, which haven’t been open in the UK for more than a year.

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