Changes to the Covid rules from 2nd December


Covid rules have been strengthened in response to concern over the newly identified Omicron variant.

What are the new measures? 
  • Face coverings are once again compulsory in places like shops and on public transport in England
  • Pupils at secondary schools in England are being “strongly advised” to wear face coverings in communal areas. The guidance also applies to staff and visitors at all schools and childcare settings
  • Secondary school pupils in Wales are being urged to wear face masks in classrooms and communal areas. Staff and students in colleges and universities should also wear face coverings inside
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be contacted by their local contact tracing system and required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their age or vaccination status
  • Anyone entering the UK requires a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival and must self-isolate until they have a negative result













What other restrictions are currently in place in England?

  • 1m-plus social distancing remains in places such as hospitals and passport control
  • people are advised to test for Covid before going to crowded places or spending time with those at greater risk
  • Anyone testing positive has to self-isolate