** Update **

From 18th March 2022 the Government is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England. The are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive

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From 27th January 2022, all Covid-19 measures the Government imposed under ‘Plan B’ have been lifted.

The Department of Health and Social Care published the following –

  • From today (27 January) and because of the success of the booster roll-out, all measures under Plan B have been lifted, meaning face coverings are no longer mandatory in indoor venues
  • COVID Passes are now voluntary for large events and nightclubs and people are no longer being advised to work from home
  • It comes as hospital admissions stabilise, Omicron infections decline and the number of people in intensive care with COVID-19 continues to fall

On Thursday 27 January, England returned to Plan A measures following the huge success of the vaccination programme and falling Omicron infections.

Plan B measures were initially introduced on 8 December 2021 to slow the spread of the Omicron variant and buy time for scientists to better understand it and get more jabs in arms. The Get Boosted Now appeal was launched, bringing the date for all adults to be offered a booster to the New Year.

This target was reached and over 37 million boosters have now been administered. The vaccination programme has succeeded in reducing the risk of severe infection and hospitalisations, easing pressure on the NHS. Hospital admissions have now stabilised and the number of people in intensive care units with COVID-19 continues to fall.

As of today, the lifting of Plan B means:

  • mandatory COVID-19 certification will end, but venues may choose to use the NHS COVID Pass voluntarily
  • face coverings will not be required by law in indoor venues
  • local directors of public health are still able to recommend face coverings in communal areas only in education settings within their area, but only where the department and public health experts judge the measures to be proportionate – this is a temporary measure
  • infection prevention control guidance continues to require face coverings to be worn in health and care settings, including primary care and pharmacies
  • it is suggested that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces where they might come into contact with people they do not normally meet
  • it is still a legal requirement for those with COVID-19 to self-isolate for 10 days with the option to end self-isolation after 5 full days following 2 negative rapid lateral flow tests