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Review of Covid-19 Rules Set to be Delayed


Tuesday May 25, 2021.

Sky News' Greg Heffer reports that the public will may have to wait longer for details of the government's review of social distancing rules and its proposals for COVID certification due to the growth in cases of the Indian variant.


Downing Street signalled Boris Johnson would wait longer to unveil the plans, despite the prime minister having previously promised to provide details by the end of this month.


Mr Johnson's official spokesman on Monday said the review of social distancing rules would be published "as soon as possible based on the latest data, which will help inform us what measures we can take around certification".


Asked to explain a delay from the PM's initial timetable, the spokesman added: "I think it's reasonable for a new variant such as this and the need to gather as much data as possible to inform our decisions.

"It's right to take the time to get that information before making those final decisions."


The spokesman also said the results of a review of COVID-19 certification in domestic settings - dubbed "COVID passports" - would be published "as early as possible", but offered no set date.


Both the review of social distancing rules and work on the possible use of coronavirus certification are due to be completed by the fourth and final step of the prime minister's roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions, which is scheduled for 21 June.