Plan B regulations introduced brought in before Xmas to control the spread of the Omicron Covid variant will be removed from next Thursday, the Prime Minister has announced.

Boris Johnson announces the Plan B COVID measures will be allowed to expire next week.

Mandatory COVID passes will no longer be needed and people will not be asked to work from home where possible.Face masks will not be mandatory anywhere and from tomorrow, face masks will not be needed in classrooms and the guidance to wear them in communal areas will shortly be removed also.

The government will still “suggest” the use of face coverings in cramped or crowded spaces, the prime minister adds.

Announcing the repeal of the regulations Johnson said that the government “got the toughest decisions right” after choosing not to go further with COVID measures over the Christmas period.

While the legal requirement to self-isolate if you have COVID remains in place for now he added,there will “soon come a time” when this will no longer be the case and those with the virus will instead simply need to be “careful and considerate of others”.

The laws on self-isolation expire on 24 March and Johnson says he expects “not to renew them” on this date and may seek a vote in the Commons to bring the date forwards.


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