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When will Plan B restrictions be lifted in England?

England first entered into "Plan B" on December 8

  • Becky Buckle
  • 19 January 2022
When will Plan B restrictions be lifted in England?

England is to revert to Plan A after the rate of people getting their booster vaccines has increased and -due to the Plan B measures - COVID-19 cases have been slowly dropping.

In a statement made today (January 19) in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson announced that the restrictions first announced on December 8 to control the Omicron variant of the virus will come to an end.

Therefore, the public will no longer need a COVID passport to enter nightclubs and large events.

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The requirement for face coverings has been dropped, yet the government has advised people to wear masks in enclosed or crowded spaces and particularly when meeting strangers.

Plan B measures will cease officially on January 28. It's expected that self-isolation regulations will end on March 24 and if COVID numbers continue to decline the government will "seek a vote in this House to bring that date forward", the Prime Minister added.

The PM is intending to start treating COVID-19 more like flu according to Sky News, saying: "There will soon come a time when we can remove the legal requirement to self-isolate altogether, just as we don't place legal obligations on people to isolate if they have flu.

"As COVID becomes endemic, we will need to replace legal requirements with advice and guidance, urging people with the virus to be careful and considerate of others."

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The BBC reports that on Tuesday, the UK recorded 94,432 new cases and 438 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

However, 36 million boosters have been given across the UK so far, with the government continuing to urge more people to get their first and second doses of the jab.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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