‘United Pingdom:’ Firms in England fret over staff shortages


              A face mask lies on the ground at Piccadilly Circus in central London, Monday, July 19, 2021. As of Monday, face masks are no longer legally required in England, and with social distancing rules shelved, there are no limits on the number of people attending theater performances or big events. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
            On what some have called "Freedom Day", marking the end of coronavirus restrictions in England, commuters disembark from a train at London Bridge train station in London, during the morning rush hour, Monday, July 19, 2021. Beginning Monday, face masks will be recommended but not compulsory and with social distancing rules shelved, there will also be no more limits on people attending theater performances or big events. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) People dance in Bar Fibre in Leeds, after the final legal coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England at midnight Monday July 19, 2021. (Ioannis Alexopoulos/PA via AP) People drink on the dance floor shortly after the reopening, at The Piano Works in Farringdon, in London, Monday, July 19, 2021. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at 'Freedom Day' parties after midnight Sunday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be scrapped. Nightclubs, which have been shuttered since March 2020, can finally reopen. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) People celebrate as they queue up for entry at the Viaduct Bar in Leeds, after the final legal coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England at midnight, Monday, July 19, 2021. (Ioannis Alexopoulos/PA via AP) FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, leave Downing Street to attend a cabinet meeting in London.  Johnson has been contacted by the country's test-and-trace system as a contact of a confirmed coronavirus case. The prime minister's office says that unlike most people, he won't have to self-isolate. But Johnson's office says the prime minister will instead take a daily coronavirus test as part of a pilot project. The same applies to Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, who also was contacted. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)