Plan B restrictions end: Everything you can and can’t do across the UK

As Plan B restrictions are rolled back and we ''learn to live with the virus'', here's what we're allowed to do as the rules change 👇

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1/29/2022 8:08:00 AM

As Plan B restrictions are rolled back and we ''learn to live with the virus'', here's what we're allowed to do as the rules change 👇

From midnight on Thursday, England is rolling back the last of its Plan B measures amid calls by ministers to “learn to live with the virus”.

People will still be asked toThey may end quarantine after this period if they return a negative lateral flow test on days five and six.Physical measures such as regular handwashing and sanitising, as well as staying one-metre apart from others are also recommended.

over the coming week.From Monday, January 31, work from home advice will be lifted amid a “phased return to the office”.To be considered ‘fully vaccinated’, anyone who had a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine more than four months ago but now also have had a booster jab.

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. Covid certification will no longer be needed to access events and venues, such as nightclubs. Restrictions on nightclubs will also be eased, with more detail on what exactly this means expected soon. People will still be asked to self-isolate for five days if they test positive for Covid-19. They may end quarantine after this period if they return a negative lateral flow test on days five and six. However, these regulations expire on March 24 and it has been speculated they will not be renewed. People will still be encouraged to take regular lateral flow tests, as well as get vaccinated if they have not done so already. Physical measures such as regular handwashing and sanitising, as well as staying one-metre apart from others are also recommended. What’s happening in Scotland? Scotland is also easing its Covid rules over the coming week. From Friday, January 28, social distancing in indoor settings where masks aren’t mandatory will be reduced from two-metres to just one. Adults taking part in activities will children aged under-five will no longer need to wear a mask on this date. From Monday, January 31, work from home advice will be lifted amid a “phased return to the office”. Shops and businesses will stillbe legally required to take measures to limit the spread of Covid and face coverings will remain compulsory on public transport and in most indoor spaces, including secondary schools. Scotland’s Covid certification scheme will stay in place for some venues including nightclubs. To be considered ‘fully vaccinated’, anyone who had a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine more than four months ago but now also have had a booster jab. What are the rules in Wales? Wales is also rolling back on its Covid restrictions , after having scrapped the limit on the number of people who can meet at outdoor events. Self-isolation rules in Wales will be cut to a minimum of five full days, to be in line with England. From Friday, January 28, nightclubs will re-open, and the ‘rule of six’ will be lifted on gatherings in pubs and restaurants. Covid passes will still be required for large events, cinemas, nightclubs and theatres. Work from home guidance will still stay in place, face coverings must be worn in schools, on public transport, and in shops and hospitals, and secondary school pupils are still being asked to test for Covid three times a week. What will change in Northern Ireland? Rules on table service in hospitality businesses and ‘the rule of six’ have ended in Northern Ireland, as have limits on three households allowed to mix has been removed. Regulations which stop more than 30 people meeting up in domestic gatherings remain. From Thursday, January 26 nightclubs can reopen, with dancing and indoor standing events allowed. Proof of Covid status will no longer be a legal requirement in hospitality premises but will stay in place for nightclubs and indoor unseated and partially-seated events with 500 or more people. Need for workplaces to “take reasonable measures for 2m (6ft) social distancing” will be scrapped, but risk assessments should be carried out. Face coverings will remain mandatory in shops, indoor-seated venues and visitor attractions, public transport and some other settings. Those in secondary schools and colleges must wear face masks inside school buildings, as well as on school transport. MORE ABOUT