England Moves to COVID‐19 Plan B
The Prime Minister called a press conference last night to announce that England is moving to Plan B following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Describing the move as ‘proportionate and responsible’ which would ‘buy time to get yet more boosters into more arms’, he confirmed that the following additional restrictions will be introduced over the next week:
- From Friday, the legal requirement to wear a face covering will be extended to most public indoor venues, although it will not include hospitality settings
- From Monday, the guidance to work from home where it is possible to do so will be reintroduced
- Daily tests will be introduced for close contacts, rather than a requirement to self‐isolate, to minimise disruption.
Construction sites are urged to continue to minimise the risk of spreading the virus to keep the workforce safe and sites operational. We are currently reviewing the CLC Site Operating Procedures and guidance on the Use of Face Coverings in Construction, as well as the Build UK COVID‐19 flowchart, and will confirm and publish any updated versions shortly.