Social distancing and face masks may have to stay beyond June 21

All limits on social gatherings are set to end on June 21 – but there are likely to still be some rules in place, it was suggested.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab ‘there will still need to be some safeguards in place’ even as the roadmap out of lockdown winds up.

He told the BBC that a review into whether any rules need to stay ‘will be particularly I think around distancing.’

He added that ‘maybe there’ll be something around masks’, saying: ‘Those are just some of the options.’

The roadmap for England aims to ‘remove all legal limits on social contact’ in Step Four.

But this is not likely to look like a complete return to pre-Covid life.

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Mr Raab said ‘we want to get to a position where we can get life as close back to normal as possible, but there will be some safeguards in place’.

He said that the government would be ‘evidence-driven’ when relaxing any restrictions.

The next stage in lockdown easing is due to take place on May 17.

If data on case rates allows it, most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.

Indoors, six people or two households (whichever is larger) will be able to meet indoors.

The government also expects to update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging.

Among other measures, pubs and restaurants will also be allowed to serve customers indoors, while people will be able to go on holidays in hotels and B&Bs again.

This will be the last milestone before all limits on contact are due to relax from June 21.

Mr Raab also said the list of nations where international travel will be permitted is ‘coming shortly’.

He told The Andrew Marr Show: ‘We said we’d make the changes on May 17 and we would set out the details of the new system, which is a traffic light system, before then. So, it’s coming shortly.’

The ban on foreign holidays is expected to be lifted for people in England from May 17 as part of the next easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The traffic light system will be risk-based, with different rules for people returning to England depending on which list their destination is on.

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