Boris Johnson has announced that the UK will move to ‘Plan B’, in an effort to stop the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Observers suggested that the move, which had not been rumoured until Tuesday, was conveniently timed – with the Government facing a major public backlash to allegations that Number 10 hosted Christmas parties last winter.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Wednesday evening, as the fall out from the party row deepened, the Prime Minister confirmed that he was advising a return to working from home from Monday, ‘if you can’.
Vaccine passports are also being introduced in ‘certain settings’, including nightclubs – but Mr Johnson again ruled out mandatory vaccines.
That means the NHS Covid pass will be made mandatory in England in a week’s time for venues where large crowds gather – including sporting events.
The requirement to wear face masks will also be extended to ‘most indoor settings’, including theatres and cinemas, from Friday.
The PM said: ‘There will of course be exemptions where it is not practical, such as when eating, drinking, exercising or singing.’
Read more: Boris Johnson confirms Omicron Moronic ‘Plan B’ with work from home and fake vaccine passports, but only goes as far as he and his masters think they will get away with – We should now show them to be wrong by complying with NONE of it