COVID: Everything you need to know about ‘Plan B’

The Government has recently announced ‘Plan B’ in a bid to curb the rising cases of Coronavirus. This comes after fears that the Omicron variant could be a more contagious strain.

The Government are rolling out new rules and regulations gradually, rather than all at once, in response to rising cases.

Just over a week ago, we saw face coverings re-introduced in shops and on public transport. You can read more about these new regulations in our previous article.

As of tomorrow, (Friday 10 December 2021) face coverings are set to become mandatory in most indoor spaces. This includes cinemas, theatres and places of worship. However, the Government have made it clear that face masks will NOT be mandatory in hospitality settings and gyms.

Number 10, Downing Street said that masks will not be required in any setting where it is ‘impractical’ to wear one such as where you are eating, drinking or exercising.

From Monday the 13th of December 2021, those who can work from home will be advised to do so.

From Wednesday the 15th of December 2021, if approved by the rest of parliament, the NHS COVID pass will be mandatory to enter nightclubs and other large scale venues and settings where large groups of people gather, or a negative lateral flow test must be shown.

You may have to show your NHS domestic COVID pass if you are entering an unseated indoor events with 500 or more people in attendance, unseated outdoor event with 4,000 or more people, and any event with excess of 10,000 people attending.

Can I enter large scale events if I have not been double vaccinated?

People who have been double vaccinated and have their NHS COVID pass to prove this will be able to enter venues with no issues.

Those who have decided not to have their two vaccinations will not be allowed into venues unless they can prove they have tested negative via a lateral flow test.

You can submit test results on the NHS app for proof that you have tested negative for Coronavirus.

Will there be any more restrictions?

The Government have announced that remaining rules and regulations regarding Plan B will be laid out on Monday the 13th of December 2021, once they have been scrutinised and decided by the relevant bodies.

There will be a further debate in Parliament on Tuesday the 14th of December, as well as a vote on the regulations.

The Government will regularly review all measures in place to determine whether they are working effectively. But, they are set to expire six weeks after implementation.

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