England moves to Plan B measures in response to Omicron variant

09 November 2021

Yesterday, Wednesday 8 December, the Prime Minister confirmed that England will move to Plan B following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK.

  • From tomorrow, Friday 10 December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship. 

There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. For that reason, face masks will not be required in hospitality settings.

A full list of where face coverings will be mandatory from tomorrow is available HERE.

Downloadable posters to display at the entrance to your premises are available HERE and HERE

  • From Monday 13 December, those who can, will be advised to work from home.

Working Safely guidance for employers on how they can reduce the risks in their workplace if employees are still required to attend is available HERE.

  • From Wednesday 15 December (and subject to parliamentary approval) the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather.

Venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated (currently a full course of vaccination without the need for a booster, but this will be kept under review), have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or that they have an exemption.

Full details of where and when a Covid Pass will be mandatory is available HERE.