Covid-19 restrictions are eased as England leaves Plan B

England was ready to move from the Government’s Covid-19 Plan B to Plan A this week.

The rules which were brought in over Christmas and New Year because of the rise of the Omicron variant will lapse, and the rules regarding the wearing of facemasks will be eased. The Government’s “work from home” advice was eased on 19th January 2022, and their advice that “all staff and pupils to wear facemasks in class rooms” was removed on 20th January.

Different firms and companies are still asking people to continue wearing facemasks. For example, wearing facemasks will remain obligatory for people travelling on the Transport for London services, on their buses and trains. And UK supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Waitrose will go on instructing people to continue wearing facemasks when they are shopping there.

The UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that from 4 am on 11th February, fully vaccinated travellers who arrive in England will not be required to carry out the post-arrival lateral flow tests. Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated, who have had two jabs or just one Janssen jab, must test before they depart for England and they must also take a post-arrival PCR test, and complete a passenger locator form. However they will not now need to self-isolate, or fill in a Day Eight test.

If we look further ahead, people who test positive for Covid-19 will not have to self-isolate from 24th March, and Boris Johnson has shown that he did not expect to renew this.

In other areas of the UK, (1) Scotland has said that they are re-opening night clubs, and scrapping social distancing. They are still advising that people should still work from home, and they are still advising people to continue wearing facemasks and face coverings on all forms of public transport and in indoor public places. (2) Wales is set to have the crowds return to Welsh sporting events in the next fortnight, and night clubs will also re-open. (3) Northern Ireland is re-opening night clubs this week, but here a domestic Covid-19 certificate is needed for entry.

The Chief Medical Adviser for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that it is encouraging to see the steady decline of Covid-19 case rates and in individual people who need to be hospitalized, but we have reached this stage because members of the public were taking up their vaccinations and following the Plan B rules very carefully. She said that the pandemic is not yet finished with, and we need to remain cautious and careful in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our communities.

She urged everybody to have their vaccines as soon as they can; to continue testing themselves on a regular basis with lateral flow tests (such as situations when they could be at “high risk”, or before seeing someone who is vulnerable); and to take a PCR test if they start to show symptoms of the virus, or if they are already showing them. Only by following all the rules are we going to learn how to live with Covid-19 and all the variants.

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