Boris Johnson has confirmed that most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions in England will be scrapped on 19 July.

Speaking at tonight’s Downing Street press conference (an event which should also be coming to the end of its natural life) the PM stressed that the pandemic was “far from over” but said that he was trying to move  from “government diktat” to personal responsibility.

The decree to work from home where possible will be dropped as will the “rule of six” and capacity limits in venues. The 1m-plus social distancing rule will also be scrapped along with QR code sign ins. Pub goers will be able to order a drink from the bar. One year after face masks became mandatory in England, wearing one will become voluntary.