Omicron - Plan B restrictions to end next week !
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced today [19th January] that Omicron Plan B restrictions will come to an end after Wednesday 26th January (the pre-existing review point date) and that Plan B guidance for employees to work from home will also cease, as well as the need for compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops.
Even though Omicron cases remain high, the latest announcement is a reflection of the significant fall in recent cases. The Prime Minister went on to say that compulsory self-isolation for people with Covid will also cease on 24 March, a date which may even be brought forward in due course.
Even though work absences remain high in many sectors, including the NHS and schools, the Omicron wave appears to have peaked said the Prime Minister. For those with children at school age, there is an immediate end to the need for pupils to wear masks at secondary schools and educational communal areas.
Boris Johnson: "Because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire."
Read our December article on Omicron Plan B restrictions here.
Revisit the Plan A restrictions from the government's Autumn and Winter Plan 2021.