Coronavirus travel rules for people arriving in the UK from abroad are today being significantly relaxed and all remaining COVID restrictions in England could end later this month.
The Prime Minister announced a planned end to domestic restrictions in parliament this week.
The proposals, which will come into force providing the encouraging data trends continue, would end the legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive.
Under current rules, anyone who tests positive must self-isolate for at least five days.
Number 10 said the move "shows that the hard work of the British people is paying off" however a number of campaigners and public health bosses have raised concerns regarding the impact the change could have on those who are clinically vulnerable.
Learning to live with COVID
Boris Johnson said he will present his plan for "living with COVID" when Parliament returns from a short recess on February 21.
At Prime Ministers questions Boris Johnson said, “It is my intention to return on the first day after the half-term recess to present our strategy for living with COVID,”
“Provided the current encouraging trends in the data continue, it is my expectation that we will be able to end the last domestic restrictions - including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive - a full month early.”
The announcement from the Prime Minister comes as he fights to maintain his position in the face of unrest over gatherings in No 10 during the coronavirus lockdowns.
The relaxing of COVID laws
The rules have already relaxed in England, where people who receive a positive rapid lateral flow test result for coronavirus and do not have any symptoms will no longer need to take a follow up PCR test.
If you do test positive, you must still self-isolate immediately and report the result online.
In January it was also confirmed the relaxation on rules such as the scrapping of face masks and so called vaccine passports no longer being required to be shown at venues and events by law.