Updated COVID-19 Guidance | Return to Plan A

Last week, the  government announced that the country can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire. This means:

The government is no longer asking people to work from home.

From 20 January: Face coverings are no longer advised for staff and pupils in secondary school and college classrooms.

From 27 January: Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in communal areas of secondary schools, nor for staff in communal areas of primaries. Directors of Public Health will only be able to recommend pupils and staff wear masks in communal areas in places where there are outbreaks or where the local public health situation justifies it, and with sign-off from the Education Secretary.

From 27 January: There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.

From 27 January: Venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS Covid Pass, but it can still be used on a voluntary basis.

Safer behaviours

Safer behaviours including wearing a face mask, letting fresh air in, hand washing and using the COVID-19 app are still highly recommended to stop the spread of the virus.

The government advice within Plan Ahttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-autumn-and-winter-plan-2021/covid-19-response-autumn-and-winter-plan-2021

  • The best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 is to get fully vaccinated. People that are fully vaccinated should continue to follow behaviours and actions set out in the guidance on how to help limit the spread of the virus. The behaviours encouraged to prevent the spread include:
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.
  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Get tested, and self-isolate if required. If you develop any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have a positive LFD or PCR test result but do not have any of the main symptoms of the virus, stay at home and self-isolate as soon as you receive the results. You should do this even if you have received one or more doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Other people in your household might need to self-isolate too.
  • Try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser throughout the day.
  • Download and use the NHS Covid-19 app to know if you’ve been exposed to the virus.

The newly updated government guidance on testing and self-isolation is detailed here:Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/england-to-return-to-plan-a-following-the-success-of-the-booster-programme

Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

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