The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.
- From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings. Read more about the settings you have to wear a face covering.
- From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so. Read more about the guidance on working from home.
- 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. Read more about the NHS COVID Pass.
In addition to this:
From 4am Tuesday 30 November
- International arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated will need to isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day 2 following your arrival. You are only permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative. If your test result is positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days. This is the law. Read more about the rules on international travel.
- Those who have come into contact with an individual who may have been infected with the Omicron variant will need to self-isolate. This will apply even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under. This is the law. Read more about self-isolation changes.
These temporary measures will be reviewed in 3 weeks’ time.
As part of announcements by the Prime Minister, there are changes to the Bolton’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The new plans include extending the booster jab to everyone aged 18 and over, as well as enabling people to come forward three months after their second does instead of the current six months.
Read the two updated vaccination guides: