Plan B to come to an end in England
- AuthorRianna Billington
On 19 January 2022, Boris Johnson announced that Plan B measures will end in England on 26 January 2022, with some ending even earlier, due to the data which shows that cases are falling and that the Omicron wave has likely peaked nationally.
It was announced that:
- Guidance to work from home will end, 19 January 2022
- Face masks will no longer be compulsory for secondary school pupils from 20 January 2022
- Face masks will no longer be compulsory in indoor public spaces from 27 January 2022
- Covid passes will no longer be mandatory for entry to nightclubs/other large venues from 27 January 2022
It is still a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID but this restriction is due to end on 24 March 2022, and perhaps even earlier, said the Prime Minister. It seems the government is following through with its long-term strategy to live with COVID, as it moves from pandemic to endemic
How can employers be ready for the changes?
- Consider any return to work strategies and carry out risk assessments if you are asking staff to return to work
- Review the appropriateness of any COVID secure arrangements and make any adjustments that are appropriate in line with the updated guidance
- Brief staff about what you expect regarding workplace attendance to minimise any confusion
- Be prepared to deal with flexible working requests
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