This page is a summary of current and forthcoming restrictions. For full details see Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (GOV.UK)

Updated guidance based on new COVID-19 Omicron variant

Temporary and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant in the UK are now in force.

  • Face coverings are now compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so. Wearing a face covering can reduce the risk to others and yourself against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of the virus that causes coronavirus infection (COVID-19). Find out where face coverings are now required.
  • All travellers arriving into the country from 4 am on Tuesday 30 November will be required to take a PCR test on or before day 2 and self-isolate until they have received a negative test result. These PCR tests can be purchased from private providers. Free NHS tests are not valid for this purpose.
  • All close contacts of anyone who has tested positive for the Omicron variant are required to isolate for 10 days regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

International travel

New system for international travel (GOV.UK website)

Care homes

Everyone working in care homes to be fully vaccinated under new law to protect residents (GOV.UK website)

Night travel

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