FREEDOM Day will NOT be delayed beyond July 19 and face mask laws for public transport WILL be scrapped after that, Matt Hancock told MPs this afternoon.
The Health Secretary confirmed that covid regulations and laws would be extended until midnight on July 18.
The laws would then fall away - meaning the end of masks on trains and buses, and fines for not covering up.
It's not yet clear if they will have to be kept in other places like shops, or indoor venues.
Mr Hancock told MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon: "The regulations themselves, we put this pause in affect by amending the expiry date, so they expire at midnight on the evening of 18 July.
"We also need to align the dates on several other Covid regulations which are essential for keeping us safe... for face coverings on public transport, the regulations which give powers to manage local outbreaks... and the regulations that give local authorities the powers to enforce Covid secure measures for businesses.
"These will all be extended until midnight on the 18 July.
"We don't want to extend these regulations a day longer than we have to."
Boris Johnson is braced for the embarrassment of relying on Sir Keir Starmer to ram his Freedom Day delay past mutinous Conservative rebels in Parliament tonight.
Lockdown-hating Tories are marshalling MPs to oppose the PM's decision to kick back the date, but the vote is set to sail through the Commons on the backs of Labour support.
Despite blasting ministers for leaving the borders "like a sieve" and letting the Indian super-strain run riot in Britain, Sir Keir has grudgingly thrown his weight behind the four-week delay.
Freedom Day will NOT be delayed beyond July 19 and face mask laws WILL be scrapped, Matt Hancock tells MPs
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