As you will be aware, the UK Prime Minister has announced new rules in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 including the following updated guidance. Please share with your members as relevant.

Face coverings

New rules on wearing face coverings in England came into effect on Tuesday 30 November. Face coverings are now compulsory in shops and other similar businesses, as well as on public transport. See the updated guidance and full list of indoor settings here.


The UK government is also bringing in measures to prevent new cases from abroad. All travellers arriving into the country are now required to take a PCR test on day 2 and self isolate until they have received a negative test result. These PCR tests can be purchased from private providers. A number of countries have been added to the red list. UK residents arriving from these countries must isolate in a government-approved facility for 10 days. During their stay, they will be required to take a coronavirus test on day 2 and day 8.

Isolation rules

If you come into contact with someone who tests positive with a suspected case of Omicron you will also have to self-isolate for ten days, even if fully vaccinated. The new measures on our borders, self-isolation and face coverings will be reviewed in three weeks.