The government has announced temporary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the UK.
- From Tuesday 30 November face masks will be made compulsory again in shops and on pubic transport in England as well as in hairdressers, post offices and banks, unless you are exempt.
- People who break the rules face a £200 fine, but the law will not apply to pubs, restaurants or any other hospitality setting.
- Pupils at secondary schools in England are being “strongly advised” to wear face coverings in communal areas. The guidance also applies to staff and visitors at all schools and childcare settings
- From 4am on Tuesday anyone anyone entering the UK will require a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and must self-isolate until they have a negative result.
- Those who have come into contact with someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant will need to self-isolate. This will apply even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under – amid fears existing jabs will be less effective against the strain – believed to spread rapidly.
- Boosters will now be offered to all adults and a second jab for children aged 12 to 15.
The government says it will review the changes again in three weeks’ time.