England will move to Plan B. The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.
From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings.
From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.
From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption. This means that those aged 18 years or over must show their NHS COVID Pass, or an alternative proof of a negative test result, such as an email or text proof, to gain entry into these venues.
The government website currently advises that the use of the NHS COVID Pass is required as a condition of entry into the following places:
- nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques;
- other late night dance venues. These are any other venues that are:
- indoor events with 500 or more unseated attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as music venues with standing audiences or large receptions;
- outdoor events with 4,000 or more unseated attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as outdoor festivals; and
- any events with 10,000 or more attendees indoor or outdoor, such as large sports and music events.
- open between 1am and 5am;
- serve alcohol during this time;
- have a dancefloor (or designated space for dancing); and
- provide music, whether live or recorded, for dancing.
Venues where the NHS COVID Pass is required for visitors
Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques
You must always prove your vaccine-or-test COVID-19 status to visit all nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques.
You do not need to prove your vaccination status if:
- the venue is not acting as a nightclub (for example by closing their dancefloor)
- they are holding an exempt event (see the Exempt activities section below)
Other venues acting as nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques
You must also prove your COVID-19 status to visit all other venues that:
are open at any point between 1am and 5am
serve alcohol after 1am
have a dancefloor (or space for dancing)
provide music, whether live or recorded, for dancing
Unless they are holding an exempt event (see the Exempt activities section below).
Venues meeting these criteria must make sure that everyone in the venue from 1am is vaccinated, has completed a recent negative test, or is exempt (unless the venue is holding an event which is exempt).
Venues can choose how they do this. For example, if you’re attending a venue, such as a late night bar with a dancefloor, you may have to prove your COVID-19 status to gain access, even if you enter and leave before 1am.