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Boris Johnson launches ‘Plan B’ to reduce spread of Omicron, with return to face masks and working from home

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Boris Johnson has confirmed the government is triggering ‘Plan B’ to deal with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

New measures, set to be rolled out over this week and next, will include a return to working from home and wearing face masks in indoor settings, as well as mandatory vaccine passports for some events.

During a press conference, which started just after 6pm this evening (December 8), the Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the new restrictions as “proportionate and responsible” in light of the uncertainty around Omicron.

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Mr Johnson opened his speech by saying the government had been carefully monitoring the data regarding the Omicron variant, and pointed out that scientists do not yet know how severe or transmissible it is.

However, he described how early scientific evidence suggests the variant could be spreading much faster than previous variants, including Delta, and “most worryingly there is evidence that the doubling time of Omicron in the UK could be between two and three days.”

Yesterday (December 7) there were more new cases of Covid across the UK than at any time since the middle of January.

The PM said the new measures had been triggered to “buy ourselves time” for the rollout of more booster jabs.

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Here are the new measures being introduced:

Return to work from home

The government is to re-introduce guidance to work from home ‘if you can’ from Monday (December 13).

The Prime Minister said: “By reducing your contacts in the workplace you will slow transmission.”

Masks to return in indoor spaces

Masks are to return in most indoor spaces, including cinemas and theatres, from Friday (December 10).

Mr Johnson said: “From this Friday we will further extend the legal requirement to wear a face masks in public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas.”

Mandatory Covid passes for venues

Vaccination passes will be needed to enter nightclubs and other crowded indoor venues from this time next week.

Mr Johnson said the government: “Will also make the NHS Covid pass mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather.”

He said these would include unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, seated outdoor venues with more than 4000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

The Prime Minister concluded his speech by urging the public to get booster jabs.

Mr Johnson said: “the single biggest thing that every one of us can do is to get our jabs and crucially to get that booster as soon as our turn arrives.”

He added that although 21 million boosters have already been administrated by the NHS, we need to go “further and faster still,” as scientists are confident that immune responses will be stronger with a booster.

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