What life could be like in the UK under ‘Plan C’ restrictions

BORIS Johnson is under renewed pressure from scientists to figure out what plans might be needed to attract omicrons from the infancy – as Britons fear more restrictions will ruin Christmas.

The Prime Minister has only introduced a plan B – which means wearing masks, passports, vaccines and working from home – but experts fear that is not enough.

Ministers are considering additional measures to combat the virus and prevent its spread


Ministers are considering further measures to combat the virus and prevent its spreadCredit: LNP

He sped up a new boost campaign this week, swearing everyone would have a chance to get it third time at the end of the month.

Ministers cannot deny that more locking rules could be applied to the cards, with Downing Street acknowledging that a menu of options could be drawn up in central Whitehall in case more were needed.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister refused three times to rule out more restrictions in the UK.

An insider told The Sun: “It would be irresponsible not to plan for it.”

But what might it look like?

Extra masks and vaccine passports

People may have to cover up in more places


People may have to cover up in more placesCredit: Alamy

There are still some areas where Britons don’t have to wear masks in public – like in restaurants and pubs.

This could be extended to try to prevent people from mixing and transferring Covid in.

Jab passports are also only set up to cover major events – these passports could be extended to bars and restaurants just like in Germany, but it is likely that MPs will start and protest this.

Limit socializing / cancel Christmas party

Sturgeon has asked Scots to limit their social contact


Sturgeon has asked Scots to limit their social contactCredit: Reuters

For now, the Government has said Britons should continue with their normal plans – including parties as usual.

But they did advise people to get tested before going to make it more likely they weren’t transmitting the virus.

The Prime Minister can start by asking everyone limit their social gatherings, even if this is not the law, to try to cut down on the spread.

Scientists have suggested that people may want to do this before Christmas to try and stay safer.

Drinking outside

Another option being considered is a ban on drinking in pubs.

As a compromise to avoid closing them down, that means they’ll be able to serve outside – like last winter.

The new measures will be equivalent to Step 2 of this year’s “roadmap”.

Rule of six or limit on gatherings

Nicola Sturgeon’s group in Scotland has announced today that they want people to limit their socializing before and after Christmas.

She said she wanted everyone to have only three Households meet to try and stop it in its direction.

But the rule wouldn’t be a law, and it wouldn’t apply to Christmas Day itself, she said.

Britons are lining up to be tested for Covid today as more and more people catch omicrons


Britons are lining up to be tested for Covid today as more and more people catch omicronsCredit: Bav Media

There will be pressure on Westminster to comply in the coming days.

Ministers may also consider whether rule six make a substantial comeback to try and limit the spread of the virus or, in the worst case, ban indoor mixing altogether.

Arrange large gatherings

For now, the Prime Minister is determined to allow major venues to continue operating – but he will introduce vaccine passports from tomorrow morning.

Anyone who has been stabbed twice or comes up with a negative lateral flow test will be allowed in under the plan, but Tory MPs are against an erosion of liberties.

The prime minister could be under increased pressure to ban mass gatherings, especially indoors, if omicrons are infectious, as studies show.

Pub closed, limited quantity

Meanwhile, miserable Whitehall officials have devised a plan to Limited numbers at pubs and restaurants and even closing in the coming weeks, The Sun revealed today.

A government source said: “You will be able to meet your family at Christmas, but at this rate you might not be able to do it in a pub.

“For New Year’s Eve, it’s a different story.”

Pubs may face multiple curbs or even close


Pubs may face multiple curbs or even closeCredit: LNP

Close schools

Ministers this weekend refused to rule out closing schools – but said it was absolutely not something they wanted to do.

However, some schools closed a few days early for the holiday season, some of which were due to large number of staff and students absent.

There could be huge pressure on PM after Christmas to allow kids to work remotely on zoom to prevent omicrons from attracting more young people.

Closing order

Ordering everyone to stay home again would be one of the harshest measures that could be taken – and the Prime Minister and his top team decided that this would not happen again.

But if the NHS is completely overwhelmed and people are unable to get the care they need, they may be forced to rethink.

Nicola Sturgeon says Christmas socialization in Scotland should be limited to three households What life could be like in the UK under ‘Plan C’ restrictions

Huynh Nguyen

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