The end of Plan B: the latest changes to England’s coronavirus rules

Boris Johnson scrapped the rules brought in to control the spread of the Omicron variant.

David Hughes
Wednesday 19 January 2022 15:16
(Jacob King/PA)
(Jacob King/PA)

Workers can return to offices and face masks can soon be removed under plans set out by Boris Johnson

Here’s what the Prime Minister announced as he ended England’s Plan B measures:

Immediately: Guidance to work from home where possible has been lifted, in a move which could benefit businesses in town and city centres.

From January 20: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in classrooms.

From January 27: The Department for Education will remove national guidance on the use of face coverings in communal areas of schools. Masks could still be required where there are outbreaks, but only if Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi approves a request.

Masks will no longer be mandatory from January 27 (Jacob King/PA)

Nightclubs and other venues will no longer require a Covid pass for entry, although some may continue asking for one on a voluntary basis.

Face coverings will no longer be required by law in any settings, although guidance will suggest masks should still be considered in enclosed and crowded spaces.

March 24: The legal requirement to self-isolate if you have Covid-19 is expected to expire. The Prime Minister hopes to bring the date forward if the data allows.

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