The following legal requirements have been put in place to slow Omicron's arrival and spread:
- Face coverings must be worn in most indoor settings, shops and on public transport.
- International arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated must isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day two of arrival. You are only permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative. If your test result is positive, you will need to isolate for ten days.
- Anyone aged 12 years or over must take a PCR or lateral flow test result before they travel to England from abroad. You must take the test two days before you travel to England.
- Those who have come into contact with an individual who may have been infected with the Omicron variant must self-isolate. This applies even if you are fully vaccinated or aged 18 or under.
- Office workers who can work from home should do so.
- Certain venues and events must check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.
This guidance applies even after you’ve had your vaccine and/or if you have received a negative COVID-19 test result. If you have coronavirus symptoms, stay at home and book a test immediately.
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Wear a face covering
Wearing a face covering is a legal requirement in most indoor public places and on public transport, including taxis.
Settings which are exempt from wearing a face covering include:
- restaurants, cafés and canteens
- bars and shisha bars
- gyms and exercise facilities
- photography studios
- nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques.
In indoor settings, where a face covering is not legally required, you should still 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.
See GOV.UK for further information about face coverings.
Wash your hands
Wash your hands with soap and water more often than usual, for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
You should always wash your hands or use hand sanitiser after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, before you eat or handle food, or when you get to work or arrive home.
Be considerate when outside your home, give each other space, minimising the number of people you meet and the time you spend together.
Let in fresh air
When you’re indoors, letting in air by opening a window can disperse COVID-19 particles. Being outdoors reduces the risk further as fresh air dilutes the virus and you have more space to physically distance.
The COVID-19 vaccine and booster jabs remain our best defence against the virus and its variants. Our NHS colleagues are keen to see you as soon as you’re eligible. Find further information, links to NHS pages and how to book.
Regular testing and testing before going into a crowded space or visiting vulnerable friends and family are key to helping to slow the spread of the virus. Find information on asymptomatic testing and how to pick up or order a free testing kit.