Updated 20 January 2022
The government has announced that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted.
- The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can.
- From 20 January: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in secondary school and college classrooms.
- From 27 January: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in communal areas of secondary schools, nor for staff in communal areas of primaries.
- From 27 January: There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
- From 27 January: Venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS COVID Pass. The NHS COVID Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis.
We should all continue taking actions to keep doing what we can to keep ourselves and others safe:
- Get your COVID-19 vaccines, your booster and your flu jab as soon as you are able to – book online or call 119 to make an appointment or visit a walk-in session
- Take lateral flow tests before you meet others or go to crowded or enclosed places. Report your results and isolate if you test positive. You can order test packs online, or collect from Jubilee Library, Hove Town Hall, or many pharmacies
- Stay at home if you feel unwell to reduce the risk of passing on any illnesses to others
- Book a free PCR test if you have any symptoms and isolate if required – support is available if you need it
- If you test positive on a PCR test or lateral flow test you must follow the latest self-isolation rules
- Reduce your close contacts – the fewer people you meet the safer you will be, so prioritise who you see
- Meet outside where possible, or let fresh air in
- Wear a face covering in all crowded or enclosed spaces. Face coverings are required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport. You should also wear them in busy outside areas.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly and cover coughs and sneezes
- Use the NHS COVID-19 app
Find out more about the latest government requirements and what you should do to protect yourself and others.
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