New changes introduced re Covid

The Prime Minister has announced new measures in response to the Omicron variant, including:

  • face coverings in shops and on public transport
  • PCR tests on or before day 2 for all international arrivals
  • self-isolation for contacts of suspected Omicron cases, including for those who are fully-vaccinated.

People aged 40 to 49 can now get a booster vaccine 6 months after their second dose.  Booster jabs will be offered to all over 18s in the UK in response to the new variant. The gap between second doses and boosters is also being reduced from six to three months. Book your vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic.

Passengers will need to wear masks on public transport across the country from Tuesday, 30th.

Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all education settings by staff, visitors and pupils, or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt. Pupils or students in year 7 or above should continue to wear face coverings on public and school transport, unless they are exempt.

The public and staff in public facing areas will be required to wear face coverings in such settings from 4am on 30 November 2021. Fines of £200 will be handed out to people in England who fail to wear masks on public transport and in shops. The fines will double with every offence, rising to £400 for a second infraction and £800 for a third, up to a maximum of £6,400. Face coverings are needed in:

  • shops and supermarkets (places that offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
  • shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
  • auction houses
  • post offices, banks, building societies, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
  • estate and letting agents
  • premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (barbers, hair salons, tattoo and piercing studios, nail salons, massage centres)
  • pharmacies
  • premises providing veterinary services
  • retail galleries
  • retail travel agents
  • takeaways without space for consumption of food or drink on premises
  • public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses), taxis and private hire vehicles
  • any car, van or HGV, during a professional driving lesson, a formal driving test, or during one of the practical tests for giving driving instruction

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