Plan B Covid restrictions to affect nightlife and entertainment
From today, December 10th, wearing masks becomes compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to cover your face, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. For that reason, face masks will not be required in hospitality settings.
From 15th of December UK Students may find themselves in a Covid Trap if they don't have a document to certify they are "virus clean". Only those, who can prove their vaccination status, negative test from the last 48 hours or Covid recovery in the past 180 days will be given access to nightclubs. The same rules will apply to other entertainment venues and large crowds gather, including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.
Plan B Covid restrictions are subject to parliamentary approval. MPs will debate the measures next week, with a vote expected to take place on Tuesday 14 December.
What is happening?
The government has announced new rules to prevent the spread of Omicron, a recently discovered Covid-19 variant. It is spreading much faster than previously expected and existing vaccines are not effective against it.
This month, a new rule was already announced stating that anyone travelling to the UK needs to take a PCR test within 48 hours of arriving. Additionally, you must take a PCR or rapid test 48 hours before entering the UK.
New rules and dates
- December 10th: Face masks mandatory for most indoor spaces, including shops and public transport.
- December 13th: Employers are encouraged to let people work from home if possible.
- December 15th: NHS Covid Pass required for nightclubs and venues with 500+ people.
Until now, anyone who tested positive for Omicron was expected to isolate for 10 days. This rule will change soon, allowing people to take daily tests and continue their normal lives once they have a negative result.
What about boosters?
Every UK resident should get their booster by the end of January. Priority is given to people over 40, with younger people expected to receive their boosters in 2022. You cannot receive one if it has been less than 61 days before your last jab.
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