Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information:
The Government has introduced a range of measures to slow the transmission of the virus with the emergence and cases of the Omicron variant.
|What has changed? The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means:
o From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings.
o From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.
o From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.
The Government has updated a range of guidance in light of these changes:
- HMG – Guidance, Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. [Updated: 8 December 2021]
- DHSC – Guidance, Using your NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad and at venues and settings in England. How to use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad and domestically at venues and settings in England. [Updated: 8 December 2021]
- DHSC – Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make one – GOV.UK [Updated: 8 December 2021]
- DHSC – Visiting arrangements in care homes – GOV.UK Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents. [Updated: 3 December 2021]
- DHSC & UKHSA – COVID-19: arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event – GOV.UK Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. [Updated: 2 December 2021]
- DHLUC – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations – GOV.UK Guidance for couples planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England, and venues hosting these events. [Updated: 8 December 2021]