Public told to follow 'Plan B' as Omicron spreads

The government has introduced new legal measures in the lead up to Christmas.
Person wearing face mask and snata hat, Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

Article updated 13 December 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on 8 December 2021 that he was bringing in ‘Plan B’ after discovering that cases of the Covid variant Omicron, could be doubling every 2-3 days. He said he hoped the measures would help avoid increased pressure on the health service.

Plan B rules

  • From 10 December: face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings

  • From 13 December: office workers who can work from home, should do so

  • From 14 December: household contacts of people who test positive via PCR test with suspected Omicron, must take daily lateral flow tests every day for 7 days

  • From 15 December: people aged 18+ have to show their NHS Covid Pass at certain venues to prove vaccination, have a negative lateral flow test or an exemption

Earlier rules:

  • From November 29: facemasks advised in communal areas of secondary schools

  • From November 30: Vaccinated people arriving into the UK must buy and take a PCR test by Day 2; unvaccinated people must test before and after travel and quarantine for 10 days.

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