New Rules New Variant
The Prime Minister has announced new rules to help us all protect ourselves and others from a new variant of COVID-19 called Omicron.
The Omicron variant has extensive mutations from previous versions of the virus so we need to take urgent measures to protect ourselves from it.
UK scientists are working hard to find out more about the new variant. In the meantime, we must all follow new guidelines to help slow its spread:
New COVID-19 rules on wearing face coverings in England will go ahead from tomorrow, 30 November.
Face coverings must be worn in shops and other similar businesses such as banks, post offices and personal care venues like hairdressers, as well as on public transport. This is enforceable by law and people face fines if they do not follow the rules.
People with certain medical conditions are exempt.
The Government is also bringing in measures to prevent new cases from abroad.
All travellers arriving into the country from 4am on Tuesday 30 November will be required to take a PCR test on day 2 and self isolate until they have received a negative test result. These PCR tests can be purchased from private providers.
A number of countries have been added to the red list. UK residents arriving from these countries must isolate in a government-approved facility for 10 days. During their stay, they will be required to take a coronavirus test on day 2 and day 8.
If you come into contact with someone who tests positive with a suspected case of Omicron you will also have to self-isolate for ten days, even if fully vaccinated.
The new measures on our borders, self-isolation and face coverings will be reviewed in three weeks.
We have good reasons for believing booster vaccines will provide some protection from the new variant so it is important that everyone who is eligible for vaccines or a booster jab get them as soon as possible.
You can book online and join the 17 million people who have already had a booster or third jab.
By practising key safer behaviours and actions, we can continue to protect ourselves and others and help reduce the virus spreading.
Please ensure you and your family follow these behaviours and encourage people in your community to do the same:
- Wash your hands regularly;
- Test regularly;
- Stay at home when you feel unwell;
- Download and use the COVID-19 NHS App.
Ensuring these protections are a part of our everyday behaviours will control transmission of the virus.
Posted: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:37 by Parish Clerk