The Government has introduced a range of measures to slow the transmission of the virus with the emergence and cases of the Omicron variant.
What has changed? The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means:
o From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings.
o From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.
o From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.
The Government has updated a range of guidance in light of these changes:
- HMG – Guidance, Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. [Updated: 8 December 2021]
- DHSC – Guidance, Using your NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad and at venues and settings in England.How to use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad and domestically at venues and settings in England. [Updated: 8 December 2021]
- DHSC - Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make one - GOV.UK [Updated: 8 December 2021]
- DHSC - Visiting arrangements in care homes - GOV.UKSets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents. [Updated: 3 December 2021]
- DHSC & UKHSA - COVID-19: arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event - GOV.UKGuidance for arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. [Updated: 2 December 2021]
- DHLUC - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations - GOV.UK Guidance for couples planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England, and venues hosting these events. [Updated: 8 December 2021]