The government has announced new ‘Plan B’ rules to help protect against the new Covid variant – Omicron – which will come into effect from Friday, December 10.
This is what the new rulings will mean for Greater Manchester:
From Friday, December 10
- Face coverings will be mandatory for most indoor public venues including places of worship, theatres and cinemas – as well as on public transport and in shops and hairdressers. Masks won’t be needed where it is “not practical to wear them” including pubs, restaurants and gyms.
From Monday 13 December
- People have been told they should work from home “if they can”.
From Wednesday 15 December (subject to parliamentary approval)
- People will need an NHS Covid Pass showing their vaccination status or a recent negative lateral flow test – to gain entry to nightclubs, indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, any venue with more than 10,000 people.
The government also wants people to do a lateral flow test (LFT) before entering “a high-risk setting” – such as a crowded place – “involving people you wouldn’t normally come into contact with, or when visiting a vulnerable person”.
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