PM announces Plan B restrictions in England

December 13, 2021

Last week, in response to concern over the Omicron variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England is now implementing Plan B restrictions in order to slow the spread of the virus and buy more time to administer boosters.

This means:

 • Work from home: from Monday 13 December, the reintroduction of work from home guidance – people are asked to work at home where they can and only go into a workplace if they must

 • Face masks: from Friday 10 December, further extension of the legal requirement to wear a face mask to most public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas. There will be exemptions where it is not practical, such as when eating, drinking, exercising or singing. They are already mandatory in shops and on public transport.

 • NHS Covid Pass: from Wednesday 15 December, the NHS Covid Pass will be mandatory for entry into nightclubs, and venues where large crowds gather including unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

The NHS Covid Pass can be obtained with two vaccine doses but this is to be kept under review as the boosters are rolled out. A negative lateral flow test will also be sufficient. From the time of the announcement (Wednesday 8 December), businesses are given a week’s notice to help keep these events and venues open at full capacity.


This is valid as of 13th December 2021.

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