Update on Government announcement on Plan B measures:
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister to move to Plan B (8 December), Cheshire East Council is asking residents and businesses to adhere to the new protective measures.
These new measures announced by the government, are:
- From Friday 10 December: Face masks are compulsory in most public venues, including theatres and cinemas. Face coverings will be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport, including taxis. See a full list of places where you must wear a face covering.
- From Monday 13 December: Guidance to work from home reintroduced. Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to go into work – for example, to access equipment necessary for their role or where their role must be completed in person. In-person working will be necessary in some cases to continue the effective and accessible delivery of some public services and private industries.
- From Wednesday 15 December: NHS COVID Pass is mandatory for entry into certain venues and events and will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated (currently a full course of vaccination without the need for a booster), have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or that they 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.
- Self-isolation to be replaced by daily lateral flow testing for contacts of Covid-positive people.
Residents can access their NHS COVID Pass through:
The NHS Covid Pass lets people share their Covid vaccination status and test results in a secure way for entry to domestic venues or events.
For more information on the latest restrictions, please go to the government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
For more information on testing and vaccinations and general advice, go to Cheshire East Council’s Covid-19 web pages at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid19
Latest government guidance – including recent and upcoming changes, boosters, travel rules (including COVID Pass and international travel) and how to protect yourself and others.
You should follow the NHS and Government advice.
Do not leave your home if you have any of these symptoms:
- A high temperature– this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature but >37.8C is high)
- A new, continuous cough– this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- Anosmia – loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste. Either you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
To find out what to do, use the NHS 111 coronavirus service
To avoid spreading the Virus, DO:
- Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces
- Stay 2 metres apart from people not in your household or bubble
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family