The Prime Minister has announced that England will now move to ‘Plan B’ measures to help to minimise the spread of the Omicron variant which is considered to be more transmissible than the Delta variant.
From 10 Dec 21:
- Face coverings compulsory in most public indoor venues
- Exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, e.g. when eating, drinking or exercising
You should continue to wear a face covering in other indoor places that are not listed here, which are crowded and enclosed and where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
From 13 Dec 21:
- Those who can will be advised to work from home
From 15 Dec 21 (subject to Parliamentary approval):
- Certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated (currently a full course of vaccination without the need for a booster, but this will be kept under review), have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or that they have an exemption. This means that those aged 18 years or over must show their NHS COVID Pass, or an alternative proof of a negative test result, such as an email or text proof, to gain entry into these venues.
- Venues can be found here.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild.
You should self-isolate at home while you get a PCR test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive. You must self-isolate from the day your symptoms started and the next 10 full days, or from the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms and the next 10 full days. This is the law, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated.
Please note, the Government have announced their intention to introduce daily tests for contacts of confirmed positive cases instead of the 10-day isolation period, but currently, this remains only an intention.
The booster programme is now open to all aged 40+.