I do not believe this for a moment.
If R is rising then you shouldn't be relaxing rules, simples.The R number is currently 1.3 and rising should the government have relaxed the rules
https://bbc.in/3wFLwskGreater Manchester's Mayor Andy Burnham says masks will still be compulsory on trams in the city after 19th July. However train and bus travellers won't have to do the same there or in the Liverpool city region
See this from the FT (put "Masks are a small price to pay to help avoid another England lockdown" into Google News to swerve their paywall)London transport will continue with masks on all its various types of transport. Scotland will continue with masks on all transport and in shops and pubs if not seated. Why is England stopping the use of masks absolute madness.
My, I wonder why that could be? And it's typical of this government that as soon as things get more complicated than "appear on TV at the football", they start blaming the public rather than trying to find ways to get things done. Given the infectivity of delta we really need to get as many as possible jabbed, and we need to look around the world to see what works. 2 million French signed up in 48h when Macron announced you'd need to be jabbed to do nice stuff. Bribing people with cash has worked well in the US - and it doesn't need to be much, £20 will do, although it might be better to give it in the form of vouchers that can be redeemed at local businesses. Lotteries also work. Try anything - just get people jabbed.5 live news just reported the number of new cases in the 18 to 23 group has soared and the number in that group who haven't been vaccinated Is a lot lower than the government were hoping for.