UK government announces Plan B Covid measures for England

Posted on: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Following the Government’s briefing on Wednesday 8 December 2021, the Prime Minister has announced a move to Plan B measures.  These measures will come into force while more data on vaccine efficacy is assessed. Moving to Plan B will help to slow the spread of the Omicron variant and reduce the chances of the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure, while buying time to deliver more boosters.

In summary, the measures announced include:

From 10 December, mandatory face covering rules are extended to most indoor settings (but will not include hospitality settings).

From 13 December, guidance is to work from home if you can. Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to travel to their workplace.

From 15 December, introduction of mandatory certification for certain settings. This will mean a requirement to show vaccination status or a recent negative test to enter certain high risk settings.

These measures are in addition to:

Ensuring regular testing with a focus on testing to enable. This includes testing before you meet others, socialise or go to into crowded or enclosed places.

Taking up your first, second or booster vaccine as soon as you are eligible – being fully vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19.

Ensuring rooms are well ventilated where possible.

Full details of the measures are available at