Almost all covid restrictions set out by the government are set to go as England Plan B rules are set to be lifted.
The Prime Minister says that due to the fall in cases and the scientific advice he has received about the Omicron wave peaking nationally, most of the restrictions can be removed.
The working from home guidance, vaccine passports and mandatory face-masks will be scrapped in England. From Monday (24 January) people who test positive for Coronavirus still have a legal obligation to self-isolate, however that period has been cut from 7 to 5 days this week.
The Prime Minister also proposed a vote on ending the legal requirement to self-isolate. He said that it was time to “trust the judgement” of people on the use of face-masks in enclosed and crowded places. The wearing of face-masks will be scrapped in classrooms in schools from tomorrow (20 January).
Responding to news of the end of Plan B restrictions in England, Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the BCC, said:
“News of the end of work from home guidance will be welcomed by business, particularly those based in city and town centres which rely on footfall from office workers. The removal of the requirement for vaccine passports will also be positive for our members in the events sector and night-time economy.
“As we move out of restrictions, Government must make positive interventions to power forward our economic recovery, by making strides on key issues such as growing our export base and levelling up local economies.”
Sharon Smith, Chief Executive of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, commented:
“The relaxation of Plan B restrictions is a welcomed announcement. Many businesses were affected by the measures introduced in December and we now hope they can continue to plan for the future and begin regaining any lost confidence.”
The Chamber we will continue to offer guidance to all businesses on the support and resources available to them. To find out how we can support your business please visit our website www.hwchamber.co.uk.