COVID 19 Restrictions Update

Latest self isolation regulations

  • From Tuesday 22 December: If you have tested positive for Covid-19, or have symptoms, you can now stop self-isolating after seven days – instead of 10 days – if you get two negative lateral flow test results on days six and seven, and no fever.
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Latest guidance on the announcement of Plan B

  • From Friday 10 December: The government will further extend the legal requirement to wear a face mask to most public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising.
  • From Monday 13 December: Those who can will be advised to work from home. Employers should use the rest of this week to discuss working arrangements with their employees

  • From Wednesday 15 December - and subject to parliamentary approval: The NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.
  • People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the app. Having considered the evidence since the emergence of Omicron, proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.

Parliament will debate the measures next week, with a vote expected to take place on Tuesday 14 December.

The government will keep the data under constant review. The regulations set to expire six weeks after implementation, with a review after three weeks.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are now required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport, including taxis.

Face coverings are not required in hospitality venues where food and drink are consumed (such as pubs, cafés and restaurants), or during exercise (such as gyms), including dancing (such as nightclubs).

Where a premises or part of a premises is being used for an event where the main activities include eating, drinking and dancing, face coverings are not required. Face coverings must be worn in communal areas of the premises not being used for the event, such as in a hotel lobby when an event is taking place in a conference room.

In indoor settings where a face covering is not legally required, you should still continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.

Some people, including children under 11, are exempt from having to wear face coverings in any setting. Furthermore, anyone with a health condition or disability, which means they cannot wear a face covering, has a reasonable excuse for not wearing a face covering.

See a full list of where face coverings are required here: Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Self Isolation Rules

If you're a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your age, vaccination status or any negative test results.

Travel Regulations

Anyone aged 12 and over must take a PCR or lateral flow test two days before travelling to England, and show a negative result.

You must also take a PCR test within two days of arriving and self-isolate until you get a negative test result, even if you're fully vaccinated. Check what you need to do to travel to England from another country.

Countries in Africa have been added to the red list. You can only enter England from these countries if you are a UK or Irish resident. You must quarantine in a managed hotel on arrival and take two Covid-19 tests.

Vaccines and Boosters

Get protected. Get vaccinated.

It's not too late to get your first Covid vaccine - and if you're eligible, to get your second or booster jab.

People aged 40 and over can now pre-book a booster vaccine two months after their second dose.

Book your booster vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic.

The NHS will contact you when you are eligible to book your booster dose.

Covid-19 Testing

Everyone is strongly encouraged to get a lateral flow test regularly to check they are not unknowingly carrying the virus.

Rapid lateral flow Covid tests are available for free to everyone in Staffordshire. Find out where to get them here

One in three people who have the virus show no symptoms, which is why everyone needs to get tested regularly, even if they have had their vaccine. If your lateral flow test result is positive then you should isolate andbook a coronavirus test online here or by ringing 119.

You should remain in isolation until you receive your test result. If it is negative you can return to school or work once you are well enough to do so. If is it positive you will need to isolate for 10 days starting the day after the onset of symptoms.

The main symptoms of Covid are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

See a full list of other symptoms here

For further information please see:

Government takes decisive action against new COVID-19 variant - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus pandemic - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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