Vicky and Steve Muddyman

A Nottingham couple have welcomed Boris Johnson’s announcement that all remaining Covid restrictions in England are to end.

Steve and Vicky Muddyman from Carlton, Nottingham shielded after being classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19.

The Prime Minister announced that all restrictions will end on 24 February and free mass testing will stop from 1 April. There have been mixed emotions to the announcement but Mr and Mrs Muddyman welcomed the news.

Audio: Steve and Vicky Muddyman giving their views on the announcement

England is set to become the first country in the world to remove all Covid restrictions, including the legal requirement to self-isolate. Boris Johnson stated that there would still be provisions for free testing for the most clinically vulnerable.

The government has set out a Living with Covid plan for managing and living with the virus. Mr Johnson hopes that the move will help England “return to normality”.

“nobody has got an excuse, as far as the government is concerned, not to have had the jab to protect themselves”

Steve Muddyman, Carlton resident

Vaccines and booster jabs will continue to be encouraged, but people will no longer have to self-isolate after testing positive and Covid passes and contact tracing will be scrapped.

Mr Muddyman praised the extensive vaccine rollout: “They did a cracking job and nobody has got an excuse, as far as the government is concerned, not to have had the jab to protect themselves.”

People across England have mixed opinions on the government measure. But, as Mrs Muddyman told CBJ News, many may feel “it’s time to move on”.