With Brexit Britain’s wildly successful vaccine rollout seemingly having the pandemic under control, the Prime Minister has signalled that every me
With Brexit Britain’s wildly successful vaccine rollout seemingly having the pandemic under control, the Prime Minister has signalled that every measure enforced to suppress coronavirus could soon be axed. And while he paints a rosy future for England, the SNP-led Scottish Government is warning that restrictions could stay until September.
In a statement, it accused the Conservative Government of failing “to provide devolved nations with appropriate notice to consider implications” of Mr Johnson’s announcement.
A spokeswoman said that this meant that “regardless of decisions made by the UK Government, it is vital that Scotland can continue to access funding to support the policy decisions taken in Scotland in response to COVID-19”.
The news was quickly picked up on social media – with the Scottish First Minister coming in for some flak.
David Davidson wrote: “I work in England 50 percent of my time.
READ MORE: Boris Johnson LIVE: Laura Kuenssberg defends PM with key point
The rules on mask-wearing already vary in England and Scotland.
In Scotland it is a legal requirement to wear one in an indoor public place like a shop, but in England this is optional.
Secondary school pupils are also still being told to wear them in class in Scotland, but this requirement has been removed in England.
Today Mr Johnson said he would also outline the UK Government’s strategy for living with Covid in England on 21 February.
He said: “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.
On Wednesday the Scottish Government reacted differently and extended the expiry date for Covid laws including the use of face coverings in public places and vaccine passports at large events.
The regulations were due to expire on 28 February but this has now been extended until 24 September, meaning some restrictions could potentially continue until the autumn.