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Prime Minister confirms move to Plan B: What it means for business

The Prime Minister has confirmed [Wednesday 8 December] that England will move to Plan B following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK. Our business support team are here to help Cumbria's businesses adjust to these changes; please get in touch on 0800 069 6444

Below is a summary of the Prime Minister’s press briefing announcing the introduction of Plan B, as outlined in the Autumn and Winter Plan 2021. The PM’s full statement is available here and press release here

Top lines to note are:

  • The NHS confirmed a huge expansion of the booster programme, with the National Booking Service now open to all those aged over 40 to book their jabs. The dose interval has also been shortened from six months to three months, with those eligible now able to book a month in advance – two months after their second dose.
  • From Friday 10 December - The legal requirement to wear a face mask has been extended to most public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas. There will be exemptions where it is not practical, such as when eating, drinking, exercising and singing.
  • From Monday 13 December - The re-introduction of working from home where you can. Where you have to go to your workplace, reduce your contacts there to reduce transmission.
  • From Wednesday 15 December - The NHS Covid Pass will be mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather. This includes unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people. The NHS Covid Pass can still be obtained with two doses of the vaccine, but this will be kept under review as the boosters roll out. Alternatively, a negative lateral flow test can be shown. There would be a small number of exemptions for medical reasons and for those on clinical trials.
  • Daily tests will be introduced for Omicron contacts rather than the 10-day self-isolation to keep people safe while minimising the disruption to daily life.

The working safely during Coronavirus guidance has been updated: click here

We are here and available to continue supporting businesses – whether seeking clarity on guidance, addressing concerns or navigating the support available. Our expert advisers will ensure that you’re connected with the right information and solutions for your business. Contact us on 0800 069 6444 or

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