England has moved to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.
* Get vaccinated and get your booster dose.
* Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport.
* Work from home, if you can.
* Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.
* Get tested and self-isolate if required.
Recent and upcoming changes
Face coverings are recommended in schools with pupils in year 7 and above. They should be worn in most classrooms, and by pupils, students, staff and adult visitors when moving around buildings.
From 4am on 7 January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated or are under 18, you do not need to take a PCR test before you travel to England or self-isolate when you arrive.
From 4am on 9 January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated, you can take either a rapid lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving in England. If you have a positive result on the rapid lateral flow test, you must take a PCR test.
11 January If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.
Large events have 1 metre physical distancing and are limited to 100 people standing indoors, 200 people sitting indoors and 500 people outdoors.
Up to 3 households can meet with 1 metre physical distancing between groups at indoor and outdoor venues like bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms. Table service is needed if alcohol is being served.
Wales is at alert level 2. A maximum of 6 people can meet in venues such as pubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres (‘rule of 6’), 30 people at indoor events and 50 people at outdoor events. 2 metre social distancing is required in public premises and offices. Nightclubs are closed. Find out more on GOV.WALES.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 7 full days. On days 6 and 7 they should take rapid lateral flow tests 24 hours apart. If the results are positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get 2 negative tests, or after day 10, whichever is sooner. If they are negative they can stop self-isolating. Find out more about self-isolation on GOV.WALES.
If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.
IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Indoor standing events are not permitted. Nightclubs are closed.
You should reduce social contact as much as possible by meeting in groups of no more than 3 households. Up to 6 people can meet in pubs, bars and restaurants, or up to 10 people if they’re all from the same household. Only table service is available. Two metre social distancing is required in public premises and offices.
People who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 10 days from their PCR test date or when symptoms started, whichever is sooner. People can end self-isolation early if they get two negative rapid lateral flow tests – one from day 6 and the second at least 24 hours later.
5 January If you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, you should isolate immediately. You no longer need to book a PCR test.