Covid isolation will be reduced to five full days to help businesses and utilities cope with staff shortages.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has concluded that it is safe to release people sooner now that the Omicron wave appears to have peaked.
The change, which goes into effect in England on Monday, cuts the current policy by one day, as people will have to self-isolate for five full days and test negative on days five and six to be released from solitary confinement.
This brings the length of the isolation period into line with that of the United States, although the latter did not need negative tests, which Javid said was “critical” for his change.
Covid passes are also set to be scrapped in January