The ‘immediate’ roll-out of Plan B Covid restrictions is under consideration by government officials, according to a leaked memo.
An email sent from the UK Health Security Agency to local council leaders and directors of Public Health late last week outlines a string of measures, it is claimed.
These include legally mandated face masks, vaccine passports for nightclubs, and working from home, according to The Mirror.
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According to the Sun, an official wrote: “I have been asked to canvas opinion on the level of support for immediate roll out of the Winter Plan – Plan B.”
The email adds the public would be told “clearly and urgently” the risk had increased, and explaining “the need to behave more cautiously.”
Sajid Javid told a No10 press conference on Wednesday it was right to hold back on Plan B, because pressure on the NHS isn’t “unsustainable” yet.
That was despite the doctors begging for a “Plan B plus” to avoid the nation stumbling into a “winter crisis”.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “With a mounting tide of Covid sickness and hospitals under crushing pressure it’s no surprise Tory ministers are secretly plotting to bring back masks and introduce vaccine passports.
“But whether it’s plan A, B or C to get on top of this deadly disease Sajid Javid needs to urgently fix the stuttering jabs campaign.
“Vaccination should be our wall of defence but that wall is crumbling. The complacency must be ditched, we need vaccination fixed.”
A UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) spokesperson told The Mirror: “We don’t comment on leaks. It is part of UKHSA‘s role to provide advice to the Government on the ongoing response to the pandemic.”
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A Government spokesperson said: “We knew the coming months would be challenging – this is exactly why we set out our Covid Plan for Autumn and Winter.
“We are monitoring all the data closely, and the Prime Minister has been clear that it does not yet show that Plan B is necessary.
“Our focus remains on our booster campaign, vaccinating 12-15 year olds, and encouraging those who haven’t yet come forward to have their jab.”
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