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Covid: Potential ‘Plan C’ could include masks and NHS app subscriptions in pubs

The leading new measure will be check-ins at hotel locations (Image: PA)

According to reports, the Government is working on ‘Plan C’ restrictions that could be introduced in the new year if Omicron cases continue to rise.

This package will go a step further than current rules by reintroducing the NHS Covid app to check-in for pub and restaurant visitors, making face coverings mandatory in all indoor spaces. and use vaccine passport for more locations.

The first part of Plan B goes into effect today with the mandatory introduction of masks in more indoor settings, such as theatres, cinemas and churches.

The new work-from-home guidance will come into force on Monday and MPs will vote the next day on issuing vaccine passes to nightclubs and large venues.

Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that he could not rule out tougher reintroduction measures – possibly even including a shutdown – if Plan B did not do enough to reduce cases by Christmas.

Plan B measures are being rolled out in phases over the next few days (Image: Getty)

Ministers and scientists are said to have considered strengthening the restrictions if necessary, according to reports in The i and Daily Mail.

This could include mandatory face coverings in currently exempt facilities, such as pubs, restaurants, gyms and school classrooms.

But top of the list is believed to be the reintroduction of rules requiring hotel venues to collect the contact details of all customers, to help NHS Test and Trace trace people who come into contact with schools. positive Covid cases.

This means returning the required ‘registration’ through the NHS app or by providing written phone and email contacts.

According to i, another new measure could be to return to a 10-day self-isolation regime for those who come into contact with confirmed cases of all variants of Covid. This requirement was dropped over the summer for double-impact people, and now, only those in close contact with Omicron cases are required to self-isolate.

It is understood that some of these options were on the table for Plan B but were approved by ministers.

The mandatory 10-day quarantine is particularly controversial among Tory MPs and businesses as the last time it was imposed it has resulted in a ‘pandemic’, forcing thousands of people out of work and causing disruption. Food delivery delays and staff shortages in many areas.

But possibly, the most controversial measure being considered is to require vaccine passports in more locations, according to the Daily Mail.

It’s not clear what spaces this will apply to – but it could include smaller settings like pubs, bars and restaurants.

Under Plan B, vaccine passports will be required in ‘a limited number of establishments, with specific features’, including nightclubs and crowded indoor venues with more than 500 attendees.

Some scientists say the current measures won’t affect the spread of Omicron – but any additional rules are likely to face backlash from business leaders and parliamentarians. Doctor Tory.


What is Plan A, B, and C?

Plan A

Plan A measures include rolling out a booster vaccine, continuing NHS Testing and Monitoring, and encouraging regular Covid-19 tests.

However, in the light of Recent developments regarding Omicron, the ministers agreed that it was time to implement Plan B.

The The new measures include:

Plan B

Vaccine passport

Vaccination passports will be required in ‘a limited number of establishments, with specific features’, including nightclubs and crowded indoor venues with more than 500 attendees.

A vaccine certificate will also be required for open-air crowded environments with more than 4,000 people and any venue with 10,000 or more attendees, such as large football stadiums.

This means you will need to provide proof of your vaccine status or provide a negative test to enter these sites.

Working from home

From Monday, the government will advise people to ‘work from home if you can’, bringing England in line with Scotland.

Boris Johnson says: ‘You’ should work from home if you can. Go to work if you have to, but work from home if you can. ‘

Wear the mask

Mandatory wearing of face masks in shops and on public transport was abolished in the UK on 19 July – dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ at the time.

Masks have been made mandatory again in stores and on public transport, but for a short time requirements will be extended to ‘most indoor installations’ in the UK, including cinemas and theatres.

OLD plan

According to the report, the limitations of ‘Plan C’ will include:

Sign up for the NHS Covid app

Before the ‘free day’, restrictions requiring people to check in to the reception locations will wither by using the NHS Covid app or by providing the venue with their contact details.

This is because NHS contact monitors can contact people who may have been in contact with a positive case if there is an outbreak.

This is supposed to be the first measure the government will re-introduce if Plan C is implemented

Masks in all indoor settings

Pubs are currently exempt from the new mask regulations.

But under Plan C, masks will be mandatory in all indoor settings, including entertainment.

This could mean when going to a bar, or moving around a pub, but not when eating and drinking.

Vaccination passport for more locations

Regulations on vaccine passports will be expanded, with people required to prove they’ve had two shots or tested negative in smaller locations.

This could mean pubs, bars and restaurants, although plans are yet to be confirmed.

The threat of more restrictions comes amid Mr Johnson’s anger at his decision to adopt a Plan B on the very day he tries to grapple with the aftermath of the Downing Street Christmas party scandal.

According to MailOnline, he will face a ‘fight’ with his supporters when the measures are voted on next week, according to MailOnline.

Rebel leaders have told the website it will be the biggest mutiny ever, with at least 60 people expected to defy the government’s whipping.

Backbencher Marcus Fysh said on Thursday that the latest curbs were a ‘total disgrace’, while former chief executive Mark Harper questioned whether the government had the moral authority to impose the limits. deadlines for rules being introduced in Downing Street.

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