England has now entered Plan B of the management of the Covid pandemic due to a quick rise in the infection rates of the Omicron variant of the virus. Here are the details of Plan B:
- Reintroducing guidance to work from home, if you can, from 13 December
- Legally mandating face masks in "most public indoor venues", including theatres and cinemas from 10 December, with exceptions "where it's not practical, including while eating, drinking, exercising or singing"
- NHS COVID passes for nightclubs, unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people
- Daily testing for people identified as a contact of a coronavirus case - with isolation required only for people who test positive
- Face masks were already a legal requirement in shops, banks, post offices, hairdressers and on public transport in England as of 30 November
These changes reflect the need for increased vigilance and diligence, especially in relation to measures that are within our control.