Government announces move to Plan B
On Wednesday 8 December 2021, the government announced that England will move to Plan B following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
Face coverings compulsory in more settings
From Friday 10 December, face masks will be compulsory in more public settings. They will not be required in hospitality settings.
Work from home if you can
From Monday 13 December, work from home if you can. You should still attend your workplace if you cannot work from home.
NHS Covid Pass for entry to nightclubs and events
From Wednesday 15 December, the NHS Covid Pass will be required for entry to:
– indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people
– outdoor unseated venues with more than 4,000 people
– any event with more than 10,000 people
The NHS Covid Pass shows your vaccination status or test results.
Visit GOV.UK for more information about the move to Plan B.
Targeted testing in Chelmsford following confirmed Omicron case
Targeted testing has been introduced in Chelmsford following a confirmed Omicron Covid-19 case.
If you visited Specsavers on Chelmsford High Street between Sunday 21 November and Monday 6 December, you must get tested immediately.
If you do not have symptoms, take a self-test (lateral flow test).
If you have symptoms, self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test.
This includes customers, staff and delivery drivers who visited the Specsavers in this time period.
For more information, read the news story here.
Regular self-testing is vital to stop the spread
The Essex Public Health team is asking everyone in Essex to selftest twice a week, and whenever you mix with lots of people.
With a quick self-test, you can check you are safe to socialise and will not unknowingly pass the virus on.
You can order free self-test kits online or collect them from libraries or pharmacies across Essex.
Get your vaccine and booster when eligible
Vaccination is our best defence against Covid-19. Each dose tops up your protection and further reduces your risk of illness if you catch the virus.
Don’t delay. Book your next jab today.