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Plan B measures come to an end: this means mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid passports will both be dropped and individuals will no longer be advised to work from home.
The current self-isolation regulations remain in place for the time, but when they expire on the 24th March, Mr Johnson has said he does not expect to renew them. The prime minister has also stated that if the data allows, the government would "seek a vote in this House to bring that date forward."
Self-isolation cut with negative tests: from the 17/01/2022, self-isolation for those who have COVID-19 can end after 5 full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6.
For example, if you were to test positive on a lateral flow on a Monday you would have to isolate until Friday (5 full days). Then, if you were to test negative on a lateral flow on the Friday, and again on the Saturday, you would be able to end your self-isolation period.
But, individuals who continue to test positive on their lateral flows must remain in isolation until they have had 2 negative tests, taken on separate days.
If you receive a positive lateral flow test for COVID-19, no PCR test necessary: from today in England, people who receive a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for COVID-19 will no longer be required to take a confirmatory PCR test, and should self-isolate as they normally would. In line with the previous updates, people can now come out of self isolation after just 7 days if they produce 2 negative LFTs providing they are on day 6 and day 7, both 24 hours apart.
Self-isolation cut from 10 days to 7 with negative tests: People infected with Coronavirus in England can now come out of self-isolation after just 7 days if they produce 2 negative tests, allowing people to possibly come out of isolation in the lead up to Christmas, and for businesses to have their staff return to work during the busy period.
The new guidance applies to everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, as well as anyone currently in isolation. Therefore, anyone who either tested positive or first experienced symptoms from Friday 17th December will be able to come out of isolation before Christmas if they produce a negative lateral flow test twice. More information can be found here.
From the 17th December 2021, the rules regarding self-certification and fit notes as proof of sickness have temporarily changed. An employee may now self-certificate for up to 28 days before there is a requirement to produce a fit note as proof of sickness. This change is intended as a short-term measure to relieve the burden on GP's for the next few weeks.
Employees must give employers a doctor’s ‘fit note’ (previously referred to as a sick note) if they have been ill for more than 28 days in a row and have taken sick leave, this includes non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays. Please note, an employer can ask an employee to obtain a fit note prior to the 28 days, but this will incur a cost to the employer. More information can be found here.
Plan B has come into effect sooner than we anticipated, with newer measures now coming into force in response to concerns over the growing Omicron variant:
- Work from home if you are able to do so, effective from 13th December
- Face coverings now extended to most public venus, including theatres and cinemas, effective from 10th December
- NHS COVID-19 pass now mandatory for entry into nightclubs, along with venues where large crowds gather. Two vaccine doses or a negative lateral flow test is deemed sufficient.
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