The pledge to lift isolation rules for double-vaccinated people who are close contacts of a Covid case on 16 August may not go ahead, a minister has warned.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, said no final decision would be taken until a week before that date – adding he was keeping his “fingers crossed”.
The 16 August timetable had already been attacked as an unnecessary delay, coming 5 weeks after all other Covid rules were lifted and blamed for the “pingdemic” of mass isolation of workers.
But, asked if it would “definitely go ahead”, Mr Kwarteng said: “We always review the information a week before and then we make the decision.”
He told Sky News: “I think a week before 16 August, we will be able to make a decision as to whether the restriction will be lifted – later adding it was a case of “fingers crossed”.