All Plan B restrictions to be lifted in England next week

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has announced that all Plan B Covid restrictions will be lifted in England next week.

The PM made a statement to Parliament, 19 January, announcing that Covid-passes for large events, face coverings and work from home guidance will be lifted from 27 January.

He said: “Today’s ONS data shows clearly infections falling, our scientists believe the Omicron wave has peaked nationally... Hospital admissions have now stabilised, admissions in London are falling.

“This morning the Cabinet concluded we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B to expire."

“Once regulations lapse the government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks anywhere," the PM added.

Johnson added that it would still be a requirement to isolate if testing positive for Covid-19.

The Plan B restrictions were introduced on 13 December to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Plan B measures made NHS Covid pass mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues, including unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, and seated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

The rules, also made face coverings compulsory in most indoor public spaces, including theatres, cinemas, public transport and shops. People were advised to work from home if possible.