Covid-19 Update

Dec 8, 2021

Covid-19 Update 20th January 2021

 On Wednesday 20th January, PM Boris Johnson announced that he would start removing the “Plan B” restrictions for the UK. As always, it can be confusing to know how this affects you personally within one of our four nations of the UK. We decided to sift through the complications and provide you another simpler update. It has to be said that we have all been confused by the ever changing COVID rules and restrictions but now it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel.

So what is happening and where?

We have had many restrictions throughout our nations under “plan B”. Below are the key changes for your area and what we will start to return to the “new” normal. At Lie Detector Test UK, we are excited to finally be seeing an end to the rules that have separated us from our loved ones and prevented us from having free movement throughout the pandemic.

England

Monday 17th January – Boosters – If you are 16 or 17 year old you are now able to make an appointment for your first booster online. Parents and guardians of people who could have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 between 12 to 15 years old, or those living with people at higher risk, will also contacted by their medical professional to book in their booster jab. Isolation – you are now permitted to stop self-isolating at the start of day 6 after 2 negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and you show no signs of a temperature. If either test returns a positive result, you should wait until the following day before re-testing.

Wednesday 19th January – Working from home – If your employer allows, you can return to work and stop working from home.

Thursday 20th January – Schools- Pupils and staff will no longer be required to wear a face mask at school.

Thursday 27th January – COVID Passports – NHS COVID passes will be scrapped for venues and events. The government asks that you do wear one when in overcrowded situations, but this is a request and not compulsory

The conclusion made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson is that self isolation is the only thing that remains in force in England.

Scotland

Thursday 6th January – Isolation – In the event that you come into contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19, and you are already fully vaccinated with all doses (including your booster), daily rapid lateral flow tests can be taken for 7 days instead of isolating if the results are negative. However, if you test positive or feel unwell with symptoms relating to the virus you must isolate for 10 days. All is not lost though as you can end your isolation period if you do not have a temperature and have negative lateral flow results for 2 consecutive days, taken a minimum of 24 hours apart on day 6 and 7. You must continue to self-isolate until you have two negative tests as above. PCR Confirmation -If you do not feel unwell and do not have any symptoms but still return a positive lateral flow result you must still isolate. You do not need to take a PCR test to confirm your lateral flow result.

Monday 17th January -Outdoor Events – Restrictions on events taking place outside have been lifted, however the indoor rules remain. COVID Certificate – You will still need to have had all of your vaccinations (including your booster) to be approved onto the The COVID certification scheme which is a requirement for access to these events

Monday 24th January – Seeing Friends and Family – Limits on household meetings indoors and outdoors will be removed. Social distancing – is removed from theatres, bars, restaurants, cinema’s and gyms. You will also be able to get your our drink from the bar and not have to wait for table service.

The rules that will remain for the time being in Scotland are the use of COVID passports for nightclubs or bars carrying late licences with entertainment and dancing, this includes large evens such as concerts and sporting events.

Masks remain mandatory on public transport and for secondary schools for children and staff. First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon is still requesting that people work from home, where possible.

Isolation period for positive test results will remain at 7 days minimum.

Wales

Thursday 6th January – Isolation – As with Scotland, If a positive rapid lateral flow test result is confirmed when you have been in contact with someone with COVID, or are feeling unwell, you must immediately self isolate for 10 days. Again, On days 6 and 7 you can take a rapid lateral flow test a minimum of 24 hours apart. If negative you are free to stop isolating, however if positive you must isolate until you have two negative tests. PCR Confirmation – You will no longer need to take the additional PCR test for confirmation of the result.

Saturday 15th January – Outdoor Events – Attendance capacity is increased to 500 people.

Friday 21st January – Sporting Events – Large groups of people will be able to return to sporting events, there will be no limit on the amount of people that can attend.

Friday 28th January – Entertainment Venues – Theatres, cinema, pubs and restaurants can open to full capacity. Nightclubs will also reopen for business.

Mark Drakeford, Minister for Wales confirmed that after this date COVID Pass needed for large indoor events, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls.

Working from home remains important but moves from law to guidance.

Northern Ireland

Friday 31st December – Isolation – As with Scotland and Wales, in the event that you come into contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19, and you are already fully vaccinated with all doses (including your booster), daily rapid lateral flow tests can be taken for 7 days instead of isolating if the results are negative. However, if you test positive or feel unwell with symptoms relating to the virus you must isolate for 10 days. All is not lost though as you can end your isolation period if you do not have a temperature and have negative lateral flow results for 2 consecutive days, taken a minimum of 24 hours apart on day 6 and 7. You must continue to self-isolate until you have two negative tests as above.

Wednesday 15th January – PCR Confirmation -If you do not feel unwell and do not have any symptoms but still return a positive lateral flow result you must still isolate. You do not need to take a PCR test to confirm your lateral flow result.

Wednesday 26th January – COVID Passports – It will no longer be a legal requirement to show your COVID passport or negative COVID test to enter most establishments. The government do request that you keep yours up to date and do encourage their continued use, but you are not bound to do so. The exception where this still will be required is entering nightclubs and events with 500 people or more which are partially seated or unseated.

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis has confirmed that the rules to remain until the next scheduled meeting on Thursday 10th February are that the legal requirement for COVID certification will continue in nightclubs, and indoor unseated or partially-seated events with 500 people or more. For other settings the certification will no longer be required but its use encouraged.

The minimum period of self-isolation for those with COVID has changed to five full days from seven.

Working from home is not mandatory but is encouraged where employers can facilitate this.

As above, Vaccine passports will still be needed for nightclubs and indoor unseated and partially-seated events with 500 or more people in attendance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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