Boris Johnson urged Britons to “remain cautious” and stressed that Covid is still with us as Plan B restrictions come to an end.
From today face coverings are no longer mandatory indoors, while work-from-home advice has lapsed and Covid passes are now voluntary for large events and nightclubs.
“The success of our booster rollout, the tireless work of the NHS and the amazing public response means Plan B measures have ended in England today,” Mr Johnson wrote.
“The pandemic is not over – everyone should remain cautious, and I urge anyone who has not yet got their vaccine to come forward.”
Dame Andrea Leadsom, the Tory MP for South Northamptonshire, welcomed “our freedoms [being] returned – a massive effort by millions to get through the pandemic, and now we can get back to our normal lives again “.
Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of UK Hospitality, hailed a “huge and welcome step to allow for hospitality and tourism recovery”.
Telegraph View: There is no case for restrictions to remain