As the UK’s Covid alert level is raised to four, the government is reportedly considering possible future plans for restrictions if the current measures fail to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.
Currently, Plan B is in place, which requires individuals to wear face coverings in retail settings and on public transport. It also advises people to work from home.
Ministers are reported to be in discussions over the next steps, with officials said to be drawing up a ‘Plan C’ and an even more draconian ‘Plan D’ amid fears of one million Omicron cases by the end of December.
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According to government guidance, the UK Covid alert Level 4 means the epidemic is “in general circulation, transmission is high and direct Covid-19 pressure on healthcare services is widespread and substantial or rising”.
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Government scientists have warned that infections involving the strain are doubling every two to three days in England and could reach one million cases by the end of December according to reports by the Daily Express.
At this stage, the government officially has no ‘Plan C’ but Boris Johnson has said that they cannot rule out tightening restrictions further due to the current Covid situation in the UK.
New Covid measures could be brought in by the Government as early as next week.
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Potential restrictions under Plan C include extending the list of indoor venues where it’s mandatory for people to wear face coverings, such as in restaurants, pubs and gyms.
People who have come into contact with a Covid case could also be asked to self-isolate regardless of vaccination status.
Plan D could be even stricter, potentially meaning that restaurants and pubs are only allowed to serve outdoors or will have to enforce complete closure if cases continue to rise.
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