Update to Covid Measures – December 2021

In covid-19, government, health and safety on December 13, 2021 at 9:30 am

In September the Government first announced a Plan B, if stricter COVID controls were needed. Following recent data regarding the spread of the Omicron variant, from Friday 10 December the following changes will be implemented: 

From Friday 10 December, masks must be worn in most public venues, including theatres and cinemas, unless someone is medically exempt. This will not apply in premises where people are eating or exercising (such as gyms or nightclubs).

From Monday 13 December, guidance to work from home wherever this is possible will be reintroduced.

By Wednesday 15 December, Covid passes will become mandatory for nightclubs, unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 5000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

A COVID pass will require two doses or a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours of an event.

Many employers will have experienced some form of homeworking in the last year or so and be familiar with the challenges this brings. 

At this point in time businesses are not being asked to close and there is no financial support being offered. A projected 1 million Omicron cases by the end of the month will create challenges with even minor illness and a need for testing and isolation.

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