Omicron variant: face coverings now compulsory again

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new temporary and precautionary measures to deal with Coronavirus following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK.

This means that:

  • From 4am tomorrow (Tuesday 30 November) face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so. All hospitality settings will be exempt.
  • All travellers arriving into the country from 4am on Tuesday 30 November will be required to take a PCR test on or before day 2 and self-isolate until they have received a negative test result. These PCR tests can be purchased from private providers.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Details of the announcement can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-new-measures-as-omicron-variant-identified-in-uk-27-november-2021

The press release can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-takes-decisive-action-against-new-covid-19-variant

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