Plan B Covid-19 restrictions expected to be eased

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Boris Johnson is expected to announce an easing of Plan B rules today.

The Prime Minister is due to make a statement to Parliament during Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon in relation to Covid-19 restrictions in England. He is understood to have briefed ministers on Wednesday over plans to ease restrictions.

Plan B measures – including face masks and Covid passes – are due to expire on 26 January. The government has already committed to reviewing the rules before this date.

The restrictions were introduced in December to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

On Tuesday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs he was “cautiously optimistic that we will be able to substantially reduce restrictions next week”.

The BBC is reporting that Johnson told ministers on Wednesday people want Covid-19 gone from their lives, they need to live with the virus, and that he hoped to move to a place where coronavirus was not dominating the news agenda anymore.

Plan B measures make NHS Covid pass mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues, including unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, and seated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

The rules, implemented on 13 December also make face coverings compulsory in most indoor public spaces, including theatres, cinemas, public transport and shops and advice to work from home if possible.

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