Boris Johnson’s government has announced that face mask restrictions will be reimposed in some settings to prevent the spread of the new OmicronCovid variant.
Several countries have been added to the UK’s travel red list and the vaccine approval body is expected to expand the COVID booster program to all adults later on Monday, to mitigate against the strain, of which more cases were found in Scotland. went. ,
The Prime Minister and Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, has so far denied the lockdown, but is issuing new guidance on masks.
What has been announced?
At a Downing Street press conference on Saturday, Mr Johnson announced that face coverings would become mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England.
People should also wear them in other places “such as banks, post offices and hairdressers”, according to government guidance released on Sunday, which said the changes would go into effect from 4 a.m. on Tuesday.
This means that under the existing guidelines, there is no need to wear face coverings in other places like cinemas, theatres, pubs and restaurants.
In the press briefing, Mr Johnson said the new measures are “temporary and precautionary” and will be reviewed in three weeks.
“I am sure this Christmas will be much better than last Christmas,” he said. “It will be so for now,” he said.
Mr Javid is set to make a statement in the House of Commons at around 3 pm on Monday, when he will give another update on the rules.
Some Conservative lawmakers are opposed to imposing sanctions nearly two more years into the pandemic and want a vote on them by the end of Tuesday.
Mr Javid has said lawmakers will have to vote on the measures within 28 days.
The Health Secretary will also update the public on COVID more comprehensively, although it is unlikely he will be able to say whether Omicron is more permeable or better at avoiding vaccination than the delta version, which is currently the predominant one in the UK. Is.