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Government announces new coronavirus restrictions for England

Government announces new coronavirus restrictions for England
Dan Martin
Dan Martin
Freelance content creator & event host
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Posted: Wed 8th Dec 2021

Working from home guidance, vaccine passports for nightclubs and events and further rules on masks are to be introduced in England to combat the spread of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, prime minister Boris Johnson said the government will use measures from its Plan B for dealing with the pandemic.

From Monday 13 December, people will be asked to work from home if they can.

Face coverings are currently required in retail businesses and on public transport, and from Friday 10 December, they will also be mandatory in most other public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship. The rules will not apply in hospitality settings.

From Wednesday 15 December, vaccine passports will be required for entry to nightclubs and events with large crowds. This includes unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees. Proof of two vaccinations or a negative lateral flow test will be required.

"It has become increasingly clear that the Omicron variant is spreading much faster than the Delta variant and it is spreading rapidly around the world," Johnson said. "There's evidence that the doubling rate of Omicron in the UK could be between two and three days."

 
Dan Martin
Dan Martin
Freelance content creator & event host
Dan Martin Content & Events
 
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I have 19 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation including hosting the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.
 

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