Plan B Restrictions
This week Boris Johnson confirmed the UK is moving to tougher Plan B restrictions prior to the festive period. This news has come as a blow to a nation that was ready to celebrate Christmas on a larger scale. The reason is due to the new strain Omicron and it’s a threat to the NHS and lives across the country. So, what do the new restrictions look like? Here we take a closer look at what Plan B restrictions mean…
<H2>What are the Plan B Restrictions?
As Omicron spreads across the UK, government experts are warning there are an estimated 10,000 UK Omicron infections currently. These figures are expected to rise to 1m by the end of the month with up to 2,000 hospital admissions daily. While it is likely there is some level of vaccine effectiveness against Omicron, it’s still too early to know the extent.
With these new restrictions the government has set out the following:
- People asked to work from home if they can
- Face masks to become compulsory in most public indoor venues, other than hospitality
- NHS Covid Pass to be mandatory in specific settings, using a negative test or full vaccination via the NHS Covid Pass
- Vaccines and testing remain our best lines of defence
<H2>Ministers defend new restrictions
Health Secretary Sajid Javid is expected to announce an expansion of boosters to all adults later. In England, mask-wearing will be mandated in shops and on public transport, the same as the rest of the UK. There are currently £200 fines for breach of rules – but this won’t be extended to pubs and restaurants. Labour is expected to call for further and faster restrictions – having supported mandatory mask-wearing in all indoor settings for months.
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