Britain Expecting Normality by Christmas, But Prepares for Second COVID-19 Wave

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hopeful the country will return to normality before Christmas even though he has warned against a potential increase of the coronavirus.

Britain’s death toll is the highest in Europe with more than 45,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and is one of several European countries that have begun lifting lockdown measures.

In a televised address on Friday, Johnson said employers would be given more discretion over working from home rules, adding that the safety of larger gatherings would be evaluated, and that social distancing rules might be dropped in time for Christmas.

Johnson said that from August 1 he would scrap official measures that encouraged people to work from home and instead give employers the power to decide whether it was safe for workers to return.

Meanwhile, as it relates to travelling by way of public transport which was previously discouraged, the British Prime Minister announced that persons are allowed to travel but are advised to explore alternative means where available.

He said that plans to ease restriction measures as the Christmas season approaches depended on keeping infection rates down, increasing healthcare funding and giving new powers for local government to lock down COVID-19 hotspots.