‘Living With Covid’: How have people reacted to the plans?

24 February 2022

From the 24 February, the government’s ‘living with Covid’ plan will come into effect, removing all remaining legal restrictions in England.

This means that people who test positive for Coronavirus in England are no longer legally required to self-isolate. However, government guidance still recommends that those who test positive stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days.

Diane Green, from Sheffield 7, said: “I think it’s far too soon. If they do have to isolate, people who have some conscience won’t go, but others may not bother.

“It’s a terrible dilemma.”

Routine contact tracing has also ended, with people coming into contact with someone that has Covid, not having to take daily tests or self isolate as a precaution.

The end of mandatory self isolation also sees the end to self-isolation support payments of £500 for people on low incomes.

Employers also no longer have to tell employees if they need to self isolate.

Sean Clarke, owner of Beer Central at The Moor, Sheffield, said: “We’re a small family business, everyone knows each other and cares for each other. We’ve been here for eight years so we also know a lot of our customers, so I think it’s more caring to isolate.

“I couldn’t face standing on a counter, potentially with no mask on, knowing that I’ve got Covid-19 and serve people.”

Written by Nadia Lincoln

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