New measures to prevent the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading

New measures against Omicron Variant - face coverings, international arrivals and close contact

New Measures Against Omicron Variant

The Government announced that the following precautionary measures will be taken to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, all of which is now the law. These temporary measures will be reviewed in 3 weeks’ time. Read more about the current measures on GOV.UK.

Face Coverings are a Legal Requirement

As of 4am on Tuesday 30th November, face coverings are a legal requirement in shops and on public transport. This includes retail premises, hair and nail salons, taxi and private hire vehicles. View the full list of places you are required to wear a face covering.

Face coverings should also be worn in communal areas in all education settings by staff, visitors and pupils unless they are exempt.

Travellers Arriving in the UK

International arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated will need to isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day 2 following arrival. You will only be permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative, and if it is positive you will need to isolate for 10 days.

Omicron Variant Positive Contact

Those who have come into contact with an individual 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.


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