Public health briefing for the borough of Bury – 10 December, 2021

Country moves to ‘Plan B’ to combat Omicron.

The first of ‘Plan B’ measures to combat the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been implemented today.

Face coverings are now compulsory in shops and most indoor spaces like theatres and cinemas. They will not be required – for practical reasons – in hospitality venues like restaurants, cafes and bars where people are eating and drinking.

From next Monday (13 December), those who can are advised to work from home.

And from Wednesday (15 December), and subject to parliamentary approval, the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather. People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the App. Proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.

It is hoped that Plan B measures will help to slow the spread of the variant and reduce the chances of the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure, while buying time to deliver more boosters.
Vaccine remains the first line of defence against Covid-19. It is now more vital than ever that those who are unvaccinated come forward, and those eligible for boosters book when called.

The new regulations are set to expire six weeks after implementation, with a review after three weeks.

As well as following the guidance, there is much more we can do to help stop the spread. Remember:

  • Meet outside as much as possible, and keep indoor spaces ventilated
  • Minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
  • Continue to wash or clean your hands frequently.

Also: please continue to test, to isolate if positive or if asked to by NHS Test and Trace, and make sure that when eligible you and your family members go for your vaccinations at the earliest opportunity. Most people have had their vaccinations already and the jabs are working!

It all helps, and we thank everyone in Bury for remaining cautious, being considerate and, above all, staying safe.


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