Covid-19 Plan B Measures to be Scrapped

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that England’s Plan B measures to combat Covid-19 are set to be scrapped.

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Facemasks will also not be mandatory

In Parliament, Boris Johnson has announced that Plan B rules in England will be scrapped.

Rules will be relaxed from January 20, 2022, starting with face coverings in schools being dropped.

From January 26, 2022, face masks will no longer be mandatory.

Advice to work from home and Covid-19 passports for large venues will also be axed.

The Prime Minister said England was reverting to ‘Plan A’ due to booster vaccines and how people had followed Plan B measures.

Mr Johnson told MPs that scientists believed the Omicron wave had peaked nationally.

In a statement to MPs in the House of Commons, Mr Johnson confirmed that mandatory Covid-19 passports for entering nightclubs and large events will end.

But organisations can choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wish.

Facemasks will also not be mandatory, though people are still advised to wear coverings in crowded spaces, particularly when meeting strangers.

From January 20, secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear facemasks in classrooms and the Department of Education will remove guidance on their use in communal areas “shortly”.

The PM also explained that the government intended to end the legal requirement for people to self-isolate after they test positive for Covid-19.

Mr Johnson said while self-isolation regulations remain in place for now, they would need to be replaced with advice and guidance as Covid-19 becomes endemic.

The current self-isolation regulations will expire on March 24 and Mr Johnson said he expected not to renew them.

He added that if the data allows, the government will “seek a vote in this House to bring that date forward”.

Restrictions on care home visits will also be eased further, with Health Secretary Sajid Javid setting out plans “in the coming days”.

Mr Johnson cited the latest infection study by the Office for National Statistics, saying that its data showed falling infection levels in England.

He said that while cases are likely to continue rising in some places, scientists believe “it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally”.

The weekly survey of private households estimates that Covid infection levels had fallen in England, Scotland and Wales for the first time since before Christmas.

Its estimates suggest that one in 20 people in England, one in 20 in Scotland and one in 25 in Wales would test positive for Covid in the week ending January 15 – while the trend in Northern Ireland was described as “uncertain”.

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