BORIS Johnson has activated Plan B Covid restrictions to combat the rapid spread of the Omicron variant across the UK.
He had hoped to continue to introduce any further limits on people’s daily lives until January to give Britons a normal life. Christmas.
But the spread of Omicron, what scientists fear is three times more infectious than the current Delta strain, forced him into action.
More mask rules went into effect on Friday, while working from home guidelines will return from today.
New test orders from Tuesday will come into effect for Britons in contact with someone with Covid.
It comes after the government announced the removal of a 10-day self-isolation rule for vaccinated people who came into contact with anyone with Omicron disease.
Here’s what you can and can’t do under the new rules.
Britons have been required to wear face coverings on public transport and in many public places.
The rules now cover shops, post offices and banks, beauty salons, hair salons and taxi rides.
Prime Minister confirmed they will not be extended to pubs and restaurants, gymnasium or places where people sing like choir gatherings.
But switch to the OLD Plan cover can be seens expands to indoor locations currently exempt from Plan B, including gyms and pubs.
“Face coverings have a low economic cost and can be effective in reducing transmission in public and community settings,” the government said.
Working from home
The British will have to start working from home again from today to help stop the spread of Omicron.
Measures will only be in the form of advice, This means that employees will not be forced to leave the office.
Boris “Go to work if you have to, but work from home if you can. By reducing communication at work, you’re helping to slow transmission,” said.
The government said that “the high level of working from home has played a very important role in preventing the sustainable development of the epidemic”.
However, ministers also acknowledged that working from home creates problems for some businesses and has a direct impact on local economies.
Large venues are needed to introduce vaccines passport as a condition of entry under the new measures.
Everyone has to show off proof that they have been vaccinated or provide a negative lateral flow test from Wednesday.
The restrictions will include indoor events with more than 500 people, including venues like nightclubs.
They will also apply to “crowded” outdoor events with more than 4,000 people and any event with more than 10,000, including sports stadiums.
The government said: “Authorization of certification using only vaccines would be better than closing locations entirely or creating social distancing.”
Self-isolation for Omicron . contacts
The government has cut the 10-day quarantine period for anyone who came into contact with someone with Omicon disease and introduced a new 7-day testing regime.
Boris Johnson introduced tougher rules last month for Omicron contacts, including double stabbing, ordering them to self-isolate for 10 days.
But the Minister of Health Sajid Javid announced that the measure would be scrapped from Tuesday, with vaccinated Britons being asked to take a seven-day internal flow test rather than have them exposed to any Covid variant, including Omicron.
Unvaccinated adults are still required to self-isolate for 10 days if they come into contact with anyone who tests positive for any Covid variant.
Omicron is expected to become the dominant Covid variant in the UK by mid-December amid government warnings of a million cases a day by the end of the month.
Ministers and businesses fear that the rapidly spreading variant of Omicron will lead to a new “pandemic”.
Check Covid contacts
Vaccinated Britons who come into contact with someone with any Covid variant should carry out seven daily lateral flow checks under new government measures.
The new guidance, effective Tuesday, also applies to people who have suffered a major impact.
A Department of Health spokesman said the new move was “practical” amid a “significant” increase in the number of Omicron infections.
People will be notified by NHS Test and Trace or pinged on the NHS Covid app if they have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive.
They will be advised to receive a box of seven free lateral flow tests to see if they have contracted the virus within a week.
Anyone who tests positive or has Covid symptoms should self-isolate and have a PCR test to verify the results.
If the result is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the day the rapid test result is positive or symptoms appear.
Everyone Christmas parties are still allowed with Britons encouraged to visit pubs and restaurants this festive season.
Ministers are advising explorers to make a Side flow test before going out to make sure they don’t have Covid.
But there are no restrictions on the number of people attending the party or where such events can be held.
Pubs and restaurants
Britons will still be able to enjoy a Christmas snack or meal at their favorite pub or restaurant.
The Prime Minister did not announce any new restrictions on the hotel industry, which has caused Covid to suffer.
There will be no capacity limits at the venues and social distancing rules are not reintroduced.
It will see the re-emergence of table service in pubs and restaurants and vaccine passports in smaller venues.
Boris didn’t announce any new travel restrictionsLast Wednesday, after the rules were tightened in recent weeks.
Britons are still free to travel abroad for the holidays, but will have to take a pre-departure test before heading back to the UK.
Arrivals must also take a PCR test before or on Day 2 in that country and quarantine until they get their results back.
Everyone over the age of 18 can now book booster tickets.
The Prime Minister last night vowed to ensure that all eligible Britons can get a third hit by the end of the month as part of the “national mission“To defeat the Omicron variant.
He said in his televised press conference: “From tomorrow in the UK we will open the door for a booster shot to every adult over the age of 18 who received a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago.
“The NHS Reservations system will be open to these younger age groups from Wednesday and that’s the best way to secure your spot, but in some places you can walk from tomorrow.”
Data shows boosters provide up to 75% protection from mild infections from Omicron, with The Sun rebooting our hugely successful Army of Jabs campaign.
Mr Johnson said it would “require an extraordinary amount of effort” to get everyone started as quickly as possible.
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