THE June 21 ‘Freedom Day’ end to Covid restrictions may be delayed for a month so Brits can receive two vaccinations, it’s reported.
A final end to England’s restrictions may be pushed back by between two to four weeks to give businesses “certainty”, The Times reports.
The delay is being considered amid a rise in cases from the Indian – or Delta – variant of the virus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed yesterday the variant now makes up 91 per cent of all UK cases.
The government is monitoring if its spread leads to a further surge in hospitalisations and infections.
Ministers fear a two-week postponement of the June 21 date may have to be extended.
But a four-week delay would allow more people to be double jabbed and give them better protection from the Indian variant.
A source told The Times: “This is about giving people certainty.
“The worst-case scenario is that we ease restrictions and then have to implement them again.
“This has to be a one-way ticket.”
Boris Johnson is set to announce his decision on the June 21 unlocking on Monday.