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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).

Covid-19 advice and information


The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means:

  • From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings unless you are exempt for medical reasons or under the age of 11.
  • From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.
  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

Following the latest government guidance will help you to understand situations where there is a greater risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 and the steps that you can take to stay safe and protect others. Every action you can take to help reduce the spread will help reduce pressure on the NHS during the winter months.