Moving to Plan B Covid-19

The government has released new guidelines in response to the new Omicron variant.

From Friday 10th December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship, and public transport, unless you are exempt. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. For that reason, face masks will not be required in hospitality settings.

From Monday 13th December, those who can will be advised to work from home.

From Wednesday 15th December, the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.

People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the app. Having considered the evidence since the emergence of Omicron, proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.

International travelling. All people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test before they travel to England from abroad. This will apply whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or not. Also all international arrivals into the UK will have to take a Day 2 PCR test and self isolate until they receive a negative test. More information about international travel here.