Wearing face masks will no longer be compulsory after ‘freedom day’ on July 19, Robert Jenrick has confirmed.
The Housing Secretary said the latest coronavirus data is ‘very positive’ as Boris Johnson prepares for the final stage in his lockdown exit roadmap.
Mr Jenrick said ‘the state won’t be telling you what to do’ after rules are eased and there will be a shift in emphasis towards ‘personal choice’ and judgement.
Mr Johnson is preparing to announce a raft of measures to come into force from July 19 which will ‘make Britain the most open country in Europe’.
Some scientific experts have called for the rules on wearing face masks in shops and on public transport to be retained.
But Mr Jenrick said wearing face coverings will be made a matter of choice and personal responsibility.
He said: ‘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.