New Plan B COVID rules

New rules have come into effect from the 13 December...

New measures

The UK government has moved into Plan B of its COVID-19 response due to the rising number of Omicron infections.

Face coverings are compulsory in most indoor public venues, including theaters and cinemas - as well as on public transport and in places like shops and hairdressers. Masks are not required in venues like pubs and restaurants where mask wearing is not practical.

People should work from home if they are able to do so.

People will need to demonstrate their COVID-19 status to gain entry to:

  • nightclubs
  • indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people
  • unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people
  • any venue with more than 10,000 people

Lateral flow tests should be used before people enter "a high-risk setting", such as a crowded place.

Contacts of all positive COVID-19 cases should do daily lateral flow tests for seven days. This includes people who are fully vaccinated. This replaces self-isolation for contacts of Omicron cases.

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