Face covering now required in public spaces and booster jab programme expanded
After the announcement on Saturday 27th November by the Prime Minister that cases of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant had been found in the UK, new measure have been put in place from today.
Public and staff are now required to wear face coverings in a range of public areas including:
- shops, supermarkets & pharmacies;
- shopping centres;
- post offices, banks & building societies
- premises providing personal care and beauty treatments such as barbers, hair salons, tattoo and piercing studios, nail salons, massage centres;
- takeaways without space for consumption of food or drink on premises;
- public transport;
- any car, van or HGV, during a professional driving lesson, a formal driving test, or during one of the practical tests for giving driving instruction
This does not apply to people who are unable to wear a face covering, which includes children under the age of 11 and people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.
The reasons why some people are less able to wear face coverings may not always be visible, so we wold ask people to be considerate.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced it will be rolling out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to all adults over the age of 18, as well as reducing the gap between the second dose and a booster.
The Committee has also recommended children aged 12 to 15 should be invited for a second dose three months after their first.
Anyone eligible, who hasn’t yet had their first or second vaccination jab is being urged to get them now.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms you should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. You should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, you must continue to self-isolate.
If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, but you have a positive PCR test result, you must stay at home and self-isolate.
If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you must stay at home and self-isolate if you are not fully vaccinated or if they have been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 that has not been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant, and you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months, you are not required to self-isolate.