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Johnson introduces working from home, stricter mask rules and Covid passes | Coronavirus

Orignally published on 2021-12-08 18:16:25 by www.theguardian.com

Boris Johnson has triggered Plan B Covid measures in England including more working from home, vaccine passports and more mandatory wearing of face masks in an effort to stop the spread of Omicron.

As No 10 came under immense pressure over a Christmas party held in lockdown last year, the prime minister gave a press conference on Wednesday evening setting out further restrictions.

He outlined new measures following warnings from scientists that Omicron spreads more easily, meaning there is a risk the NHS could be overwhelmed by the volume of cases.

Johnson has reintroduced the guidance to work from home where possible from Monday.

From Friday, face masks will be a legal requirement from most indoor areas. The NHS Covid pass, which is still available with two vaccination doses, will also be made mandatory to indoor venues with large crowds from next week.

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Orignally published on 2021-12-08 18:16:25 by www.theguardian.com

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