What are the Covid rules and will they come into force?

If Plan B doesn’t work for Omicron, what happens next? (Photo : .)

Plan B has been up for debate for some time – but what is this Plan C we’ve been hearing about?

At the time of writing, the government was implementing “Plan B” – a series of COVID-19 restrictions, including a new “work from home” law, mandatory masks in shops and indoor public spaces, as well as the use of vaccination passports.

These rules all apply to England, and there are slight differences in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There have also been rumors in recent days about “Plan C”. Essentially, this will be a tighter set of Covid-19 restrictions designed to stop the spread of the new Omicron variant.

Just days ago, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there could already be 10,000 cases in the UK – data from the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) shows Omicron cases could cross the one million mark by the end of the month.

So what exactly would Plan C entail?

What are the rules of Plan C?

What would plan C look like? (Photo: ./metro.co.uk)

First, the government has yet to confirm the existence of Plan C, so reported rules may change based on the number of cases – or they may never see the light of day.

For now, he appears to be focusing his efforts on Plan B, releasing the vaccine booster – and ignoring the heated discussion of the alleged Christmas parties he’s locked down in 2020.

But it has been widely reported that Plan C is being studied, which may have more stringent restrictions.

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Reports indicate that these could include:

Recordings using the NHS Covid-19 app, which re-traces contacts for hospitality sites. Increase the use of vaccine passports in more places of entertainment and hospitality. Self-isolate for 10 days, if you have been in close contact with a positive case of Covid-19, according to i. At the moment, only people close to Omicron’s cases need to self-isolate. Masks are required in all indoor environments, including bars, restaurants, gyms, and possibly even classrooms, unless you have a real exemption. This is more than is required beyond what is currently specified in the Plan B face mask rules.

When will plan C be implemented, if any?

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There is no specific date in mind for Plan C. Again, this is just a possible scenario.

However, it appears that – if it is to be implemented – it will be early in the year if Omicron cases increase.

Speaking to the House of Commons on 8 December, Mr Javid said: [UKHSA] It is estimated that the number of infections is about 20 times the number of confirmed cases, so the current number of infections is probably closer to 10,000.

The Occupational Health and Safety Services Authority (UKHSA) also estimates that with the currently observed doubling rate of between two and a half to three days, injuries could exceed one million people by the end of this month. “


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