Tube mask crackdown begins

Tube mask crackdown begins: Enforcement officers order commuters to wear face coverings with TfL warning anyone who refuses WILL face £200 fine as retail bosses say staff WON’T be expected to police new rules

  • The crackdown on mask-flouters in London began as Tube officials threatened to fine commuters £200
  • New Covid restrictions on compulsory facemasks, testing and travel have come into force in England today
  • Face coverings are mandatory in public transport, shops and settings such as banks and hairdressers
  • Those caught flouting the restrictions will be fined £200 for a first offence, which will double up to £6,400
  • Sadiq Khan told people to wear masks if they’re standing up in pubs, bars and restaurants but not drinking
  • All travellers returning to the UK must take a test and self-isolate for 10 days until they receive negative result
  • Anyone who breaks the self-isolation law faces a fine of £1,000, rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders
  • The new restrictions will stay in place initially until December 21, when ministers will review the rules
  • New Covid restrictions in England in force today

    New restrictions on compulsory facemasks, testing and travel in England were published last night and came into force at 4am this morning.

    FACEMASKS

    从今天开始, people must wear facemasks in the following places:

    • Public transport;
    • Retail shops;
    • Beauty salons;
    • 美发师;
    • Banks;
    • Post offices;
    • Takeaways;
    • Estate agents;
    • Veterinary clinics;
    • Taxis;
    • Driving instruction cars.

    Those caught flouting the restrictions will be fined £200 for a first offence, which will double on each subsequent offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

    Schoolchildren are being asked to wear facemasks in communal areas but not classrooms. Teaching unions have called for masks to be extended to lessons.

    TRAVEL

    All travellers returning to the UK must take a PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days until they receive a negative result.

    Anyone who breaks the self-isolation law without a ‘reasonable excusefaces a fine of £1,000, rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders and serious breaches.

    A number of countries in Africa were added to the UK’s red list last week. 他们是:

    • Angola;
    • Botswana;
    • Eswatini;
    • Lesotho;
    • Malawi;
    • 莫桑比克;
    • 纳米比亚;
    • 南非;
    • Zambia;
    • Zimbabwe.

    SELF-ISOLATION

    All contacts of anybody who tests positive for the so-called ‘Omicronvariant must self-isolate – regardless of their age or vaccination status.

    This has sparked fears of a return to the ‘pingdemic madnessof the summer, when a million healthy pupils were forced to stay home because of the Test and Trace system.

    Anyone who breaks the self-isolation law without a ‘reasonable excusefaces a fine of £1,000, rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders and serious breaches.

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    The crackdown on mask-flouters in London began today as Tube officials threatened to fine non-compliant commuters £200 if they refuse to cover their faces.

    Under Covid restrictions which came into force at 4am this morning, facemasks are again compulsory on public transport, in shops and settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers in England.

    Those caught flouting the restrictions will be fined £200 for a first offence, which will double on each subsequent offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

    Although many commuters in London wore facemasks on their way to work this morning, many others on packed carriages chose to ignore the law.

    Transport for London officials rebuked mask-flouters and urged them to cover up as they warned that they would be fined if caught breaking the restriction again.

    Writing on Twitter, TfL said: ‘You must wear a face covering on all our services unless exempt. Our officers will continue enforcing the requirement, including reintroduction of powers for TfL and police to issue £200 fines for first offence.

    Scenes of non-compliance had sparked calls for tougher enforcement of the rules, as Unite’s national officer for passenger transport Bobby Morton said ‘people are not going to wear masks now just because Boris Johnson says it’s the right thing to do’.

    The Mayor of London also told people to wear facemasks on public transport, and called on the Prime Minister to keep the restriction in place possibly past December 21 – when the new rules will be reviewed – in case the new Covid variant is worse than feared.

    然而, retail leaders said businesses are refusing to enforce the rules because they fear that their staff will be accosted by customers. 海伦·迪金森, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, stressed that it is the role of the authorities to enforce these new regulations, adding that customers also have responsibility to adhere to the rules.

    ‘Retailers will be communicating the new rules on face coverings in England through in-store signage and other channels,’ 她说.

    '然而, it is vital that we do not place hardworking retail staff in harm’s way, and enforcement of face coverings must remain the duty of the authorities. 此外, we all have an individual responsibility to put on a face covering before entering a shop.

    It is the latest challenge for retailers ahead of a key Christmas period. They have already seen pressure from supply chain disruption and labour shortages.

    与此同时, Richard Walker, managing director of the Iceland grocery chain, said he will not be asking staff to police the mask rules among customers.

    ‘The first thing to say is that of course we support the reintroduction of compulsory face masks in shops and there is no doubt that the emergence of this Omicron variant is really concerning,’ he told Radio 4’s Today programme.

    ‘Safety of staff and customers is of course a priority. But the question isn’t whether or not we should mandate facemasks, but whether we can mandate them. What I won’t be doing is asking my store colleagues to police those who refuse to adhere to the rules. They are already working under significant pressure, particularly as we hit the busiest trading month of the year.

    Retail bosses have warned that they have seen rising violence and abuse against shop workers in recent years, but that this has been further exacerbated by the pandemic and enforcement of Covid regulations in stores.

    The Unite trade union also called for facemasks to also become mandatory in pubs, cafes and restaurants after they were not included in the rule change.

    General-Secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘We must ask why hospitality is the only area in the public arena where face masks are not compulsory. Does the Government consider the health and safety of hospitality workers less of a priority than that of workers in other sectors? It is outrageous that hospitality workers are being left to police the wearing of face masks due to the lack of proper mandatory rules or effective legislation.

    While it was business as usual for most passengers, the response led to some anger among early morning travellers in London. Cafe worker Vicky Briant, 23, 说过: ‘People need to take responsibility not just for themselves but for everyone. There are not enough people wearing masks which is irresponsible. The last thing we want is to cancel Christmas again.

    Builder Sam Walters, 46, 说过: ‘Trains and buses have been packed this morning and it seems too many people have got out of the habit of covering their faces even though they were always supposed to in London. It’s crazy.

    But outside Canada Water station in south east London, office worker Grace Thompson, 54, 说过: ‘Face coverings don’t work so it is just another pointless gesture. I’ve had friends who caught the virus even though they never left home without one. I’ve had two jabs and I am getting a booster this week so I am not concerned about the virus.

    According to the Office for National Statistics, 85 per cent of adults said they had worn a facemask outside their home in the past seven days, 与 70 per cent saying they wore one often or always while shopping.

    然而, 只是 18 per cent of people shopping said that everyone or almost everyone they saw was wearing a face covering.

    Downing Street insisted that the new measures coming into effect today are ‘temporary and precautionaryand will stay in place initially until December 21 – though Whitehall sources last night acknowledged they were likely to continue into the New Year.

    MPs will vote on the regulations tonight, with ministers braced for a rebellion by Tory MPs deeply unhappy at the prospect of a return of controls. But with Labour backing the measures, there is expected to be little chance of a Government defeat.

    On another day of Covid chaos:

    • Vaccine maker Moderna warned it will take months to develop an Omicron-specific booster;
    • Scotland detected three more cases of the mutant strain as Nicola Sturgeon slams the brakes on easing;
    • Boris Johnson prepares to give an update on the variant at a Downing Street press briefing;
    • Retail bosses warned that they cannot be expected to enforce new facemask rules in shops;
    • Universities, colleges and secondary schools in Wales have been told they should now enforce masks indoors.
    Transport for London officials rebuked a commuter for not wearing a facemask as new Covid restrictions came into force

    Transport for London officials rebuked a commuter for not wearing a facemask as new Covid restrictions came into force

    One commuter is seen not wearing a facemask on the London Underground as new restrictions come into force today

    One commuter is seen not wearing a facemask on the London Underground as new restrictions come into force today

    Writing on Twitter, TfL said: ‘You must wear a face covering on all our services unless exempt. Our officers will continue enforcing the requirement, including reintroduction of powers for TfL and police to issue £200 fines for first offence’

    Writing on Twitter, TfL said: ‘You must wear a face covering on all our services unless exempt. Our officers will continue enforcing the requirement, including reintroduction of powers for TfL and police to issue £200 fines for first offence

    Hundreds of commuters, some not wearing masks, disembarked trains at London's Kings Cross Station today

    Hundreds of commuters, some not wearing masks, disembarked trains at London’s Kings Cross Station today

    Some commuters on the London Tube wear facemasks while others refuse to cover up as rules come into force today

    Some commuters on the London Tube wear facemasks while others refuse to cover up as rules come into force today

    Two people are seen not wearing facemasks on the Tube this morning while others next to them cover up

    Two people are seen not wearing facemasks on the Tube this morning while others next to them cover up

    Some commuters are seen leaving the Victoria Line on the London Underground and not wearing facemasks

    Some commuters are seen leaving the Victoria Line on the London Underground and not wearing facemasks

    Other commuters leaving the Victoria Line wear facemasks as new Covid restrictions come into force today

    Other commuters leaving the Victoria Line wear facemasks as new Covid restrictions come into force today

    A female shopper was seen at a Primark in Birmingham this morning not wearing a facemask despite law changes

    A female shopper was seen at a Primark in Birmingham this morning not wearing a facemask despite law changes

    Another shopper was seen at a Primark in Birmingham this morning not wearing a facemask

    Another shopper was seen at a Primark in Birmingham this morning not wearing a facemask

    A male commuter on the London Underground wearing a facemask

    Commuters are seen wearing face coverings on the Underground

    Left and right: Commuters in London wearing facemasks as the new Covid restrictions come into force today








    图为: The new coronavirus rules coming into force today across England in a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron variant

    图为: The new coronavirus rules coming into force today across England in a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron variant

    Two new infections with the Omicron variant were confirmed yesterday in Wandsworth and Camden, both based in London. It means some 11 infections with the mutant strain have been spotted in the country to date

    Two new infections with the Omicron variant were confirmed yesterday in Wandsworth and Camden, both based in London. It means some 11 infections with the mutant strain have been spotted in the country to date

    We can’t be expected to enforce new facemask rules, retail bosses warn

    Retail bosses have warned that they cannot be expected to enforce new rules requiring staff and customers to wear masks in shops.

    New face covering rules have come into force in England on Tuesday in response to concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

    海伦·迪金森, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, stressed that it is the role of the authorities to enforce these new regulations, adding that customers also have responsibility to adhere to the rules.

    ‘Retailers will be communicating the new rules on face coverings in England through in-store signage and other channels,’ 她说.

    '然而, it is vital that we do not place hardworking retail staff in harm’s way, and enforcement of face coverings must remain the duty of the authorities.

    '此外, we all have an individual responsibility to put on a face covering before entering a shop.

    It is the latest challenge for retailers ahead of a key Christmas period. They have already seen pressure from supply chain disruption and labour shortages.

    Ms Dickinson added: ‘While there may be small changes in the way we shop, we ask people to be considerate and we remain confident that everyone can get what they need for a fun and festive Christmas this year.

    与此同时, Richard Walker, managing director of the Iceland grocery chain, said he will not be asking staff to police the mask rules among customers.

    ‘The first thing to say is that of course we support the reintroduction of compulsory face masks in shops and there is no doubt that the emergence of this Omicron variant is really concerning,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

    ‘Safety of staff and customers is of course a priority.

    ‘But the question isn’t whether or not we should mandate face masks, but whether we can mandate them. What I won’t be doing is asking my store colleagues to police those who refuse to adhere to the rules.

    ‘They are already working under significant pressure, particularly as we hit the busiest trading month of the year.

    Retail bosses have warned that they have seen rising violence and abuse against shop workers in recent years, but that this has been further exacerbated by the pandemic and enforcement of Covid regulations in stores.

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    Speaking to Sky News’s Kay Burley this morning, Sadiq Khan hinted that coverings might need to be extended to hospitality settings at a later date if the so-called ‘Omicronvariant is worse than feared.

    Under restrictions which came into force at 4am, facemasks are again compulsory on public transport, in shops and settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers in England.

    In an interview with Sky News this morning, Mr Khan urged: ‘If you’re in a pub, bar or restaurant, particularly if you’re standing up in one of those bars rather than at a table, and you can’t keep your distance, and you’re not drinking, wear a facemask.

    Calling on the Prime Minister to keep the restriction in place until the threat of the new strain subsides, the Mayor added: ‘One of my requests from the Government is, let’s not have a hokey cokey when it comes to facemask-wearing where they’re going to review it in three weeks’ 时间.

    ‘就我而言, on public transport – because more often than not we’ve got to be confined, we can’t keep our social distance – let’s keep it at mandatory with the ability to back it up with the police, with the ability to issue fines even in three weeks’ 时间, finger crossed, should Omicron not be as bad as some fear.

    Scenes of non-compliance this morning sparked calls for tougher enforcement of the restrictions. Unite’s national officer for passenger transport Bobby Morton told Radio 4’s Today programme that ‘people are not going to wear masks now just because Boris Johnson says it’s the right thing to do’.

    他说: ‘Mandatory is a good word, but we’ve been through this scenario before in the pandemic, and I’ve always called out to the Government, ”don’t just make mask-wearing mandatory, but actually enforce the idea of it”.

    ‘People are not going to wear masks now just because Boris Johnson says it’s the right thing to do. People will still get onto the buses whether they’ve been warned or not. And that’s down to the Government and the bus operators to bring someone in – be it the police or the operator’s own staff – to monitor and police and enforce the mandatory wearing of facemasks.

    ‘If they showed a presence and people knew that when they entered a bus or a tram or train or whatever that they could be caught and they could be fined, then it would make a difference. 此刻, nothing like that exists.

    Under the regulations which came into force this morning, all travellers returning to the UK must take a PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days until they receive a negative result. And all contacts of anybody who tests positive for the so-called ‘Omicronvariant must self-isolate – regardless of their age or vaccination status.

    Anyone who breaks the self-isolation law without a ‘reasonable excusefaces a fine of £1,000, rising to £10,000 for repeat offenders and serious breaches.

    As the wearing of face coverings became a legal requirement this morning, many commuters claimed that so far, they had seen little evidence of enforcement.

    Doe Murray, 65, who had just got off a Piccadilly Line train at Northfields station, West London said: ‘The majority of people on my train were wearing facemasks, so that was good. But there were no officials checking to make sure we had them on.

    ‘That is very worrying for me. I know it’s a hard thing to patrol but it needs to be done. I travel quite a lot on the underground and noticed this morning that more people were wearing masks. But how long will that last for? We need the police or transport officials to ensure that everybody wears them.’

    她补充说: ‘I’m double vaccinated and have also had a booster jab. But a mask is important because it adds another layer of protection.’

    Hairdresser Melania Pali, 44, 说过: ‘I put my mask on because I don’t want to be hit with a £200 fine. But there was nobody checking, either on the train or at the station entrance. I’m from Italy and they are a lot stricter there. The whole thing needs to be better enforced and from what I’ve seen so far, it’s not good enough.’

    贾斯汀, 46, a creative director at an advertising agency revealed that he always wears a mask when he travels to work on the Tube. As he arrived at Northfields station for his daily commute he said: ‘I know it’s mandatory again to wear a mask but what use is that if it’s not being strictly enforced? I really think the authorities need to do more.

    Now universities and secondary schools in Wales are told that students should wear facemasks indoors

    Universities, colleges and secondary schools in Wales have been told they should now enforce mask-wearing indoors as concerns over the Omicron variant continue.

    The Welsh Government issued the guidance on Tuesday evening that where social distancing cannot be maintained face coverings should be worn.

    Education minister Jeremy Miles MS confirmed this was now the ‘national approach’.

    ‘This is a temporary, precautionary measure that will be in place for the remaining weeks of term at which point the position will be reviewed. This should come into effect in all settings as soon as possible,’ Mr Miles said.

    ‘With three weeks left of term, it is vital that we ensure that learning can continue for as many learners as possible,’ 他加了.

    The rule applies to all staff and learners in those settings, 部长说.

    Although he noted many schools are already operating on this basis due to their own risk assessments.

    Mr Miles said: ‘The emergence of this new variant is a serious development in the ongoing pandemic.

    ‘We have already taken swift action on international travel, alongside the other UK governments. We are now introducing an additional measure, while we learn more about this new strain.

    ‘There remains a lot we don’t know about this new variant. With this high level of uncertainty, it is right that we remain cautious while prioritising the continuation of education.

    ‘It reinforces the need for everyone in Wales to get their vaccine or booster when offered, wear face coverings when necessary, and book a test if they develop symptoms.

    Mr Miles said he would be writing to all institutions on Wednesday to set out the new guidance.

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    ‘I travel every day on the tube and have always been wearing a mask but that can’t be said for the majority of other passengers. The last time it was law to wear face coverings, that wasn’t very well enforced either. 这次, I think the rules should stay in place until this whole pandemic is over.’

    Paul Woodford, 51, a web designer said: ‘Since the start of the pandemic, enforcing rules on face coverings has not been great. There are not enough patrols on the tubes and buses, and nobody seems that worried about getting a £200 fine.

    ‘I’ve always worn a mask because it benefits not just me but other people. There needs to be better communication about this and what the consequences could be if you don’t wear one.’

    Sonia, who had just arrived at Ealing Broadway station following her daily commute from North London said: ‘I started wearing a face mask today because it’s the law but there was nobody checking on the train, which is very worrying.

    ‘When the rules were last in place, a lot of people just ignored them, not just on public transport but also in the shops. I’m from Spain and things are a lot stricter there and people are happier to follow the law. I don’t understand why it’s not like that in Britain?’

    Barney Myers, 24, who is double vaccinated claimed that many young people like him do not feel the need to wear facemasks.

    他说: ‘It’s the law again and I will put on a face mask when I get on public transport but sadly, I don’t think most people my age will do that.

    ‘The law needs to be enforced but that is not happening. If you don’t wear a mask, many young people know nothing will happen. But to be honest, a lot of older people aren’t that great at wearing them either. The bottom line is that we all need to wear them and if you don’t, you get fined.’

    Despite concerns over enforcement, the overwhelming majority of passengers entering or leaving London Underground stations visited by MailOnline were wearing masks.

    Nicky Jakobson, who arrived at Ealing Broadway, 说过: ‘There was nobody checking to see if passengers were wearing face masks, but I have to admit, the majority were.

    ‘But it’s the first day of the new rule and I don’t know how long that will last? My concern is that as we get nearer to Christmas and things get busier, many people will forget about it.

    ‘I’d like to see more patrols on buses and trains and people who are not wearing face masks getting fined. It’s not an easy thing to do but it needs to be done for the benefit of us all.’

    A private healthcare nurse said she is worried about the new Omicron variant.

    Andrea Andrades, who got the train to Paddington from Hayes in west London on Tuesday morning, 说过: ‘Two days ago I went to Winter Wonderland and I was so excited as it felt a little bit more normal.

    ‘But not a lot of people were wearing face masks, and that made me feel uncomfortable. I don’t know what the new variant can do to me or my family.

    ‘Everyone needs to be wearing face masks. I think they’ve forgotten about all the things we experienced months ago. No-one should forget about that or the people who passed away.

    Becoming emotional, she described what she would say to the people who do not wear face masks: ‘Help us. I don’t want to live the same experience again.

    ‘For me and my colleagues it’s hard to come back to reality because we feel anti-social right now as we’re scared for everyone. Please don’t forget about thatabout our sacrifice. Just be responsible.

    Shoppers in Londons West End are seen wearing masks as face coverings in shops become mandatory

    Shoppers in Londons West End are seen wearing masks as face coverings in shops become mandatory

    Shoppers in Londons West End are seen wearing masks as face coverings in shops become mandatory

    Shoppers in Londons West End are seen wearing masks as face coverings in shops become mandatory

    Some commuters on the London Tube this morning refused to wear facemasks, while others covered up

    Some commuters on the London Tube this morning refused to wear facemasks, while others covered up

    Commuters at London Bridge Station this morning, with some seen wearing facemasks and others not covering up

    Commuters at London Bridge Station this morning, with some seen wearing facemasks and others not covering up

    Commuters are seen riding a Tube train on the Jubilee Line in London this morning as mask restrictions come into force

    Commuters are seen riding a Tube train on the Jubilee Line in London this morning as mask restrictions come into force

    Commuters at London Bridge Station this morning are seen wearing facemasks as restrictions come into force

    Commuters at London Bridge Station this morning are seen wearing facemasks as restrictions come into force

    Commuters on the London Jubilee Line this morning seen wearing facemasks as restrictions come into force

    Commuters on the London Jubilee Line this morning seen wearing facemasks as restrictions come into force

    Under rules which came into force at 4am today, face coverings are again mandatory in public transport, shops and settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers

    Under rules which came into force at 4am today, face coverings are again mandatory in public transport, shops and settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers

    It comes after six cases of the 'Omicron' variant of coronavirus were identified in Scotland, in addition to three previously identified in England

    It comes after six cases of the ‘Omicronvariant of coronavirus were identified in Scotland, in addition to three previously identified in England








    Sadiq Khan hinted that coverings might need to be extended to hospitality settings at a later date if the so-called 'Omicron' variant is worse than feared

    Sadiq Khan hinted that coverings might need to be extended to hospitality settings at a later date if the so-called ‘Omicronvariant is worse than feared

    Head of Moderna warns ‘it will be MONTHSbefore there is a specific jab to fight Omicron as Boris Johnson prepares to hold press conference on restrictions TODAY after three more variant cases are confirmed in Scotland bringing UK total to 14

    It will take months to develop vaccines that can fight the Omicron variant, the head of Moderna warned today as Boris Johnson prepared to hold a Downing Street press briefing — and Scotland detected three more cases.

    Stephane Bancel, who leads the vaccine manufacturer, said the mutant strain would likely lead to a ‘material dropin vaccine effectiveness which means new shots could be needed.

    But scientists say another two weeks are required to work out how effective jabs are against the variant. They say vaccines are likely to be less effective at stopping infections with the strain, but still able to prevent hospitalisations and deaths.

    There are also fears the variant may be better able to infect those who got their second jab more than six months ago, after studies showed anitbody levels crashed by 80 per cent over this period.

    Scottish health authorities have announced one further Omicron case in Lanarkshire, and two more in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. Government labs are probing hundreds more possible cases.

    It means there are now 14 confirmed cases in the UK, including some with no links to foreign travel suggesting the mutant strain may already be spreading in the community.

    Boris Johnson will hold a Downing Street press conference this afternoon on the raft of new Covid restrictions brought in this morning.

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    Nurse Andrea Andrades got the train to Paddington station from Hayes in west London on Tuesday morning.

    The 32-year-old said around 70 per cent of people on the train were wearing masks, but she generally avoids using public transport because people do not wear face coverings.

    她说: ‘The last time I used public transport was when we finished the second wave, so that (the train) was almost empty and people were wearing face masks.

    ‘After that I tried to avoid using public transport as I work in a hospital, so I don’t want to put anyone at risk.

    Ms Andrades said she left the NHS after the second wave of Covid and has since moved into private healthcare.

    ‘If we have another wave, we have to close all the clinics and just move to the hospitals to support our colleagues. I hope not though, I’m so tired of it already,’ 她说.

    Aline Keuroghlian got the train from Cookham in Berkshire to London Paddington on Tuesday morning. The 49-year-old travel PR said everyone was wearing face masks.

    她说: ‘It looked like everyone was wearing face masks on the carriage, as far as I could see anyway. It looked like more people were wearing masks compared to last week.

    ‘Last week, I was quite surprised by how few people were wearing them. The train is not so bad but the TubesI was really surprised, because I rarely get the Tube and I’d say that half the people were not wearing masks on the Tube then.

    ‘I would say a third less people were wearing masks on the train last week (compared to Tuesday).’

    Outlining her thoughts on the return of mask-wearing on public transport, and in shops, hairdressers, post offices and banks, travel PR Aline Keuroghlian said it seems like a ‘practical’ 移动.

    她说: ‘I’m very happy to wear a mask. I do wear a mask in a plane, in the train, in a bus, in the Tubeit is really not that difficult to do it. If it helps other people, 精细. I’m also fully vaccinated and I’ve got my booster booked. So I’m absolutely fine about it. I wouldn’t not do it.

    ‘I can’t quite understand why people are hesitant (to wear a mask). Obviously there’s some people who can’t wear a mask for psychological reasons, that’s understandable. I just don’t see what’s so challenging about it myself. It’s perfectly simple.

    Ms Keuroghlian said the emergence of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus is ‘disappointing’.

    ‘It was feeling like we were on top of things, but it’s happened, and we just have to carry on,’ 她说.

    Mr Khan told Times Radio: ‘One of the reasons why wearing a facemask is so important is because one out of three people who have this virus may not realise that they’ve got it. You could be sitting next to somebody who is immunity-suppressed, who is vulnerable, who has been shielding, and you could inadvertently pass this deadly virus on to them.

    ‘Before July 19, when we were able to use the British Transport Police and the Met Police service to enforce this, and also have the ability to issue finesthe compliance rates were far higher.

    Retail bosses have warned that they cannot be expected to enforce new rules requiring staff and customers to wear masks in shops.

    海伦·迪金森, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, stressed that it is the role of the authorities to enforce these new regulations, adding that customers also have responsibility to adhere to the rules.

    ‘Retailers will be communicating the new rules on face coverings in England through in-store signage and other channels,’ 她说.

    '然而, it is vital that we do not place hardworking retail staff in harm’s way, and enforcement of face coverings must remain the duty of the authorities. 此外, we all have an individual responsibility to put on a face covering before entering a shop.

    Some commuters were seen not wearing facemasks on the Victoria Line on the London Underground this morning

    Some commuters were seen not wearing facemasks on the Victoria Line on the London Underground this morning

    New Covid restrictions which make facemasks compulsory on public transport came into force at 4am today

    New Covid restrictions which make facemasks compulsory on public transport came into force at 4am today

    Some commuters on the Victoria Line in London were seen wearing facemasks while others refused to cover up

    Some commuters on the Victoria Line in London were seen wearing facemasks while others refused to cover up

    Up north, commuters on the Tyne and War Metro train system are seen wearing facemasks

    Up north, commuters on the Tyne and War Metro train system are seen wearing facemasks

    Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said the booster programme had been put 'on steroids' as the main line of defence against the worrying new variant that is believed to be more infectious and vaccine resistant than Delta

    Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said the booster programme had been put ‘on steroidsas the main line of defence against the worrying new variant that is believed to be more infectious and vaccine resistant than Delta

    Can the booster drive cope? Scramble begins for scarce third-dose appointments with 40 MILLION Britons now eligible, prompting the Government to aim to starting jabbing 500,000 people in bid to outpace Omicron

    There are concerns the UK’s booster drive won’t keep up with demand as 4,000 newly eligible Britons scrambled to book third doses on the NHS website.

    The Government’s vaccines advisers today expanded the rollout to everyone aged over 18, meaning a total of 40million people are now eligible to receive a booster jab — but reports on the ground suggest the current drive was already struggling to reach the vulnerable.

    Some already eligible over-40s still face hurdles to get their injection, including waits of over a month, spending hours on the phone to their GP or booking service, or being directed to vaccination sites tens of miles away from where they live.

    Figures show a third fewer mass vaccination hubs are in operation compared to earlier this year, while overwhelmed NHS staff say they will struggle to help with getting jabs in arms due to winter pressures.

    And a couple in their 80s said they struggled to get boosters because of confusing instructions on the NHS website.

    An average of 2.1million people in England are getting their booster jab per week, meaning all adults won’t be boosted until mid-February if it continues at the current rate.

    But ministers are aiming to carry out 500,000 Covid booster jabs a day in an effort to outpace the Omicron variant.

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    It is the latest challenge for retailers ahead of a key Christmas period. They have already seen pressure from supply chain disruption and labour shortages.

    Ms Dickinson added: ‘While there may be small changes in the way we shop, we ask people to be considerate and we remain confident that everyone can get what they need for a fun and festive Christmas this year.

    与此同时, Richard Walker, managing director of the Iceland grocery chain, said he will not be asking staff to police the mask rules among customers.

    ‘The first thing to say is that of course we support the reintroduction of compulsory face masks in shops and there is no doubt that the emergence of this Omicron variant is really concerning,’ he told Radio 4’s Today programme.

    ‘Safety of staff and customers is of course a priority. But the question isn’t whether or not we should mandate face masks, but whether we can mandate them. What I won’t be doing is asking my store colleagues to police those who refuse to adhere to the rules.

    ‘They are already working under significant pressure, particularly as we hit the busiest trading month of the year.

    Retail bosses have warned that they have seen rising violence and abuse against shop workers in recent years, but that this has been further exacerbated by the pandemic and enforcement of Covid regulations in stores.

    England is the only UK nation where working from home is not encouraged. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon slammed the brakes on any easing of restrictions on Monday by urging people to ‘work from home if possible’. The advice is the same in Northern Ireland, and working from home is encouraged under current guidance in Wales.

    Labour and the SNP yesterday called on Boris Johnson to impose tougher restrictions. In a joint letter, Scottish and Welsh first ministers Ms Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford said travellers should be forced to self-isolate for at least eight days, regardless of their vaccination status or where they had come from.

    The two leaders claimed that ‘public health advice is unequivocal that this is the best and safest way to protect against the importation of this variant’.

    Miss Sturgeon said that while she was hoping for the best, people should ‘prepare for the worst’. Both leaders are also urging people to work from home. And they demanded Treasury guarantees that they would be funded to operate their own furlough schemes if they wanted to order businesses to close down.

    Labour also went further in England, demanding that masks should be made compulsory in pubs and restaurants.

    It comes after six cases of the ‘Omicronvariant of coronavirus were identified in Scotland, in addition to three previously identified in England.

    在星期一, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman said it was up to employers to decide on the ‘right balance’ 为他们, when it came to whether staff worked from home or the office. Jurisdiction over restrictions is devolved, meaning Mr Johnson’s policies apply to England, and may differ from the rules elsewhere in the UK.

    Health Secretary Sajid Javid indicated that ministers were wary of taking any action that could further damage the hard-hit hospitality sector.

    He tried to reassure MPs the measures were a precaution to give scientists time to analyse the threat posed by Omicron.

    Mr Javid said the variant ‘may have given the virus extra legsin the race between the disease and vaccines. 但他补充说: ‘If it emerges that this variant is no more dangerous than the Delta variant, then we won’t keep measures in place for a day longer than is necessary.

    The Health Secretary said hospitalisations would be ‘what matters more than anythingin deciding whether more measures are needed.

    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is now advising that all adults aged 18 至 39 should be offered a booster dose of the Covid vaccine, in order of descending age groups, to increase their level of protection. 那些年纪大的人 40 and over are already eligible for a booster vaccine.

    The JCVI said booster doses should be given no sooner than three months after people have had their second dose of an original vaccine – shaving three months off the current six-month wait.

    In further advice, young people aged 12 至 15 should be offered a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, no sooner than 12 weeks after their first dose.

    The NHS said it will shortly set out how staff will expand the booster programme.

    A spokesman said this will include how booster jabs will be given in priority order so that the most vulnerable people are protected first, while also increasing capacity to vaccinate millions more people in a shorter space of time.

    The Prime Minister said the measures will ‘buy us time in the face of this new variantand called the vaccines ‘our best line of defence’.

    ‘Based on everything we know, our vaccines and boosters remain our best line of defence, so it is more important than ever that people come forward when eligible to get boosted,’ 约翰逊先生说.

    ‘Not only will today’s steps help us slow down the variant’s spread, but they will help us protect each other and the gains we have all worked so hard for.

    England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam told a Downing Street briefing on Monday that the booster campaign has ‘never been more vital than at this point in time’.

    Prof Van-Tam said scientists around the world agree that the Omicron variant is ‘of increased concern’.

    He added there are still uncertainties about how transmissible the variant is and its impact on severity of disease, saying the ‘number of mutations present, already on first principle, makes us worry about a possible effect on vaccine effectiveness’.

    The deputy chief medical officer made clear that there ‘are far more things we don’t know yet, than things we do knowabout the variant, but that he expects more to become clear in three weeks.

    Mr Johnson is expected on Tuesday to visit a GP surgery where people are receiving booster jabs.

    What ARE the new Covid rules? Government says travellers can take PCR test on or BEFORE day two meaning they can take one at airport soon as they land in UKas mask and self-isolation rules start today

    TRAVEL RULES

    Fully-vaccinated people entering the UK will be required to self-isolate until they receive a negative result from a PCR test taken by the second day after they arrive.

    When do the travel rules on testing change?

    The travel rules on testing changed in England at 4am Tuesday. The answers below are given for those arriving in the country after that time.

    IF FULLY VACCINATED

    What must you do if you arrive in England and are fully vaccinated?

    If you are fully vaccinated by 4am, you must self-isolate, take a PCR test before the end of day two after you arrive and can only leave self-isolation once you have a negative result.

    What was the previous situation?

    先前, fully-vaccinated travellers were only required to take a cheaper lateral flow testand did not need to self-isolate unless they received a positive result.

    Can you book a test to take at the airport?

    是, you can pre-book a PCR test to take at airports such as Heathrow in advance of landing, although these sites tend to be only open within specified periods rather than being 24-hour. You must still self-isolate until you get your negative result.

    Can you take a PCR test at the airport and be free from isolation within hours?

    是. For example at Heathrow Airport, you could book at ExpressTest with Cignpost from £59 for next-day results by 10pm; or a £119 test for results within three hours.

    You can end your self-isolation period once you have your negative resultmeaning that you could be free within only three hours of landing.

    What are the concerns about this rapid testing period?

    There are fears that people could be unknowingly carrying Covid-19 even if they test negative, because the virus will not have had to time to incubate.

    Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon has urged Boris Johnson to extend self-isolation rules for all UK arrivals from two to eight daysbut the Prime Minister is unwilling to do this.

    Can you travel by train or bus to the place where you will self-isolate?

    是. Travellers must self-isolate at home until they get their result, although they can get to their quarantine location by public transport following their arrival.

    Can you use a lateral flow test?

    没有, lateral flow tests will not be accepted from 4am tomorrow – it must be a PCR test.

    What must you do before you travel to England?

    You have to book and pay for a PCR test to be taken before the end of day two in England, and complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

    Air passengers queue to check in for flights at London Heathrow Airport this morning

    Air passengers queue to check in for flights at London Heathrow Airport this morning

    Does England ask for a ‘fit to flycertificate before flying back in?

    没有, you just need to have your PCR test booked and passenger locator form filled out. You do not need to have a negative test result before you fly into England.

    Can you use an NHS test for your PCR?

    没有, you must use a private test provider – and you will have to enter your test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

    What if you are in England for less than two days?

    It does not matteryou will still need to book and pay for a day two test.

    What is the definition of day two?

    Day two is the second day after you arrive. The day you arrive is day zero. So if you arrive in England on a Friday, day two is a Sunday.

    Do you have to quarantine until you get the test result?

    是. You must self-isolate in your home or the place you are staying until you receive the result.

    Where can you quarantine?

    The Government’s official advice says you can quarantine at an address such as your own home, with friends or family, or in a standard hotel or other temporary accommodation.

    You must quarantine at the address you provided on the passenger locator form.

    You do not have to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel – because these are for only for people arriving from countries on the red list (see section below).

    You must quarantine in one place for the full quarantine period, where you can have food and other necessities delivered.

    Can you mix with other people while in quarantine at a hotel or home?

    The Government says that as soon as you arrive at your place of quarantine, ‘you should, as far as possible, avoid contact with other people in the place where you’re quarantining to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19’.

    它增加了: ‘You should stay in a well ventilated room with an outside window that can be opened, separate from other people in your home.

    ‘If you’re staying in a hotel or guest house, you must stay away from others who did not travel with you. You must not use shared areas such as bars, 饭店, health clubs and sports facilities.

    What if the test results are delayed?

    You must still self-isolate until your test result is known or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.

    Passengers arrive at Heathrow Airport this morning as a testing centre sign is seen

    Passengers arrive at Heathrow Airport this morning as a testing centre sign is seen

    What if the test result is unclear?

    If you took a PCR test and the result is unclear, you must self-isolate for ten full days. The day you took the test is day zero. You can choose to take another private test – and, if the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

    What if the test result is positive?

    If you took a PCR test and the result is positive, you must self-isolate for ten full days. The day of the test is day zero.

    What if the test result is negative?

    You can end your period of self-isolation.

    How do you qualify as fully vaccinated?

    You must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

    You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose is day zero.

    You do not need to have had a third ‘boosterjab in order to be defined as fully vaccinated.

    Who can have issued proof of vaccination?

    Proof can be issued by either a) the UK vaccination programme; b) the United Nations vaccine programme for staff and volunteers; or c) an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK.

    How can you check which vaccines are approved?

    Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination by clicking 这里.

    Are there non-vaccinated people who can follow fully vaccinated rules?

    是. Even if you are not fully vaccinated, the fully vaccinated rules apply if you are 1) 在下面 18; 2) taking part in an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial in the UK or the USA (US residents only for USA trials), or a phase 2 要么 3 vaccine trial that is regulated by the EMA (European Medicines Agency) or SRA; 要么 3) unable to have a Covid-19 vaccination for a medical reason which has been approved by a clinician under the medical exemptions process, and you are resident in England.

    How can you prove your vaccination status if you were jabbed in the UK?

    If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you can prove your vaccination status using either the NHS Covid Pass for England and Wales; the NHS Scotland COVID Status app; the COVIDCert NI in Northern Ireland; or an approved paper certificate.

    How can you prove your vaccination status if you were jabbed outside the UK?

    Check what proof is required for the country or territory where you were vaccinated by clicking 这里.

    IF NOT FULLY VACCINATED

    What if you cannot prove you are fully vaccinated under the rules in England?

    If you cannot prove that you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.

    What do you have to do before arriving in England if you are not fully vaccinated?

    Before you travel to England you must take a Covid-19 lateral flow or PCR test in the three days before you arrive; and book and pay for day two and day eight PCR tests, to be taken after arrival in England. You must also complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive.

    The Omicron variant has now been detected in 14 国家. It was initially identified in Botswana, 南非, and Hong Kong before being spotted in Belgium on Friday. Over the weekend several other countries confirmed cases. It has now spread to four continents in the almost three weeks since the first case

    The Omicron variant has now been detected in 14 国家. It was initially identified in Botswana, 南非, and Hong Kong before being spotted in Belgium on Friday. Over the weekend several other countries confirmed cases. It has now spread to four continents in the almost three weeks since the first case

    What do you have to do after you arrive in England if you are not fully vaccinated?

    After you arrive in England you must quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for ten full days; take your Covid-19 PCR tests which must be booked before you travel; and take the first test on or before day two and the second test on or after day eight. The day you arrive is day zero.

    What happens if you are not fully vaccinated and in England for less than ten days?

    If you are in England for less than ten days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here – and you still need to book day two and day eight PCR tests, but only need to take these if you are still in England on those days.

    What do you have to do if the day two test result is positive?

    If your day two test is positive, you must self-isolate for ten full days. The day you took the test is day zero. You do not need to take the day 8 test if your day 2 test is positive.

    What do you have to do if the day eight test result is positive?

    If your day eight test is positive, you must self-isolate for ten full days. The day you took the day eight test is day zero.

    What do you have to do if the day two test result is negative?

    If your day two test is negative, you must continue to isolate and then take your day eight test.

    What do you have to do if the day eight test result is negative?

    If your day eight test is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later – either 1) day ten, with day zero being the day you arrived in England; 要么 2) when you receive the day eight test result.

    An example of this is that if you receive your day eight negative test result back on day nine, you must continue to quarantine until the end of day ten. But if you receive your day eight negative test result back on day 12, you must quarantine until the end of day 12.

    B.1.1.529, or the Omicron variant, has some 50 mutations — 30 of which are on its spike protein which the virus uses to invade cells. The current crop of vaccines triggers the body to attack the spike protein from older versions of the virus. But there are fears that the spike on B.1.1.529 may look so different that the body's immune system will struggle to recognise it and fight it off, leading to an infection

    B.1.1.529, or the Omicron variant, has some 50 mutations — 30 of which are on its spike protein which the virus uses to invade cells. The current crop of vaccines triggers the body to attack the spike protein from older versions of the virus. But there are fears that the spike on B.1.1.529 may look so different that the body’s immune system will struggle to recognise it and fight it off, leading to an infection

    What if the test results are unclear?

    If the result of your day two test is unclear, you must self-isolate for ten full days. The day you took the test is day zero.

    If your day eight test is unclear, you must self-isolate for ten full days. The day you took the day eight test is day zero.

    You could also choose to take another private test. If that test result is a negative result, you can stop self-isolating on whichever is later – either 1) 天 10, with day zero being the day you arrive in England; 要么 2) the day you received the negative replacement test result from the additional test.

    Does the Test to Release scheme still apply?

    是. If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private Covid-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

    Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test on day five. If the result is negativeand the result of your day 2 test result was negative or inconclusiveyou can end your quarantine.

    CHILDREN

    Do children have to quarantine upon arrival in England?

    没有. Children aged 17 and under do not have to quarantine on arrival in England. This applies whether they are vaccinated or not.

    Do children have to take a Covid test upon arrival in England?

    Children aged four and under do not have to take any Covid-19 travel tests.

    Those aged five to 17 do not have to take a Covid-19 test before travel to England.

    然而, those aged five to 17 they must take a test on arrival in Englandbefore the end of day two at the latest (arrival day is day zero).

    From tomorrow, five to 17-year-olds must take a PCR test.

    EXEMPTIONS

    What if you are travelling from Ireland or other parts of the UK into England?

    If you’re travelling to England from within the UK, 爱尔兰, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you do not need to complete a passenger locator form, take any Covid-19 tests or quarantine on arrival in England.

    This only applies if you have not been outside of the UK, 爱尔兰, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in the ten days before the day you arrive in England.

    Are some people exempt from the restrictions because of their job?

    是, if you do one of a series jobs listed 这里 you may qualify for an exemption from one or more of the Covid-related travel restrictions.

    These jobs include aircraft pilots and crew, BBC broadcasting transmission network and services roles, border security duties and coach drivers.

    What if you are travelling abroad (outside the Common Travel Area) 来自英国?

    You should check foreign travel advice for all countries you will visit or travel through, to see if you will need to show proof of vaccination status or proof of a negative test and quarantine on arrival. The rules vary between countries.

    例如, Switzerland has effectively ‘red listedBritain by subjecting arrivals to ten days of self-quarantine. Britons arriving in the country will have to show proof of full vaccination, a negative Covid test and then self-isolate.

    Spain also announced a ban on unvaccinated British tourists after Portugal said it would demand proof of a negative test even for double-jabbed visitors.

    RED LIST

    Does the red list still apply?

    是, there are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the ten days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

    的 10 red list countries

    • 南非
    • Botswana
    • Eswatini
    • Lesotho
    • 纳米比亚
    • Zimbabwe
    • Angola
    • Malawi
    • 莫桑比克
    • Zambia
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    What countries are on the red list?

    Ten African countries have been added to the UK’s red list since Friday.

    南非, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe moved onto the red list at 12pm last Friday (十一月 26).

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia moved onto the red list at 4am yesterday (十一月 28).

    Can you travel into England from a red list country?

    是, but if you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you either are a British or Irish National, or have residence rights in the UK.

    What must you do before you travel to England?

    Take a Covid-19 lateral flow or PCR test in the three days before you travel to England; book a quarantine hotel package (see below), including two PCR tests and complete a passenger locator form.

    What is the cost of a quarantine hotel package?

    One adult in one room for ten days (11 晚上) is £2,285. The additional rate for one adult (or child over 11) is £1,430, while the additional rate for a child aged 5 至 11 is £325. You do not have to pay for children under five, but they must also complete the quarantine.

    FACE MASKS

    Face coverings will be made compulsory on public transport and in shops, banks and hairdressersbut not in pubs and restaurants.

    What will the new rules on face coverings be?

    From 4am, face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other retail settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport.

    What were the current rules before 4am?

    There were no rules on wearing face coverings in shops although some retailers asked that you do. On transport, there were also no rules apart from on the Transport for London network where they are mandatory.

    然而, it was not illegal to travel on London transport without a maskbut you could have been asked to leave the network if you were not wearing one.

    Passengers wear face masks on a London Underground train on the morning commute today

    Passengers wear face masks on a London Underground train on the morning commute today

    What will the fine be for non-compliance from today?

    British Transport Police are expected to advise passengers on the new rules, but breaches could feasibly see £200 fines.

    London TravelWatch has said the requirement will have to be ‘properly enforced to give out the signal that the rules have changed’.

    Will exemptions on face coverings still apply?

    是, all the normal exemptions for health and other reasons will still exist.

    Will you have to wear a mask in pubs or restaurants?

    没有, the rules won’t be extended to hospitality venues in England. Health Minister Edward Argar said this was for practical reasons, because you cannot eat or drink while wearing a mask.

    A woman wearing a face mask walks past a couple at a Sainsbury's in Kent earlier this year

    A woman wearing a face mask walks past a couple at a Sainsbury’s in Kent earlier this year

    What about in schools?

    The Department for Education has told schools and colleges in England that students in year 7 and above should wear face masks in communal areas.

    The new guidance says staff, visitors and pupils are ‘strongly advisedto wear a face covering in communal areas, unless they are exempt.

    However there is no guidance on pupils having to wear face masks once seated in their classroom.

    And what about universities?

    Department for Education guidance also states that face coverings should be worn by university students and staff in communal spaces and corridors.

    SELF-ISOLATING

    People identified as contacts of suspected Omicron cases will have to isolate for ten days regardless of their vaccination status.

    Who do the new self-isolation rules apply to?

    All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status.

    How will you know if you are a contact of a suspected Omicron case?

    The Government says you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

    In order for officials to know when you have Omicron they need to genome sequence a positive test sample, which could take several days.

    目前, sample analysis is being targeted in areas where cases of the variant have been spotted. And everyone who has returned from southern Africa in the last fortnight has their test sequenced.

    But there is already a suspicion that the strain is spreading domestically, so many cases might already be going missing.

    And with around 44,000 Britons testing positive each day, it will be impossible for scientists to determine whether every positive sample is Omicron.

    And due to the delay in confirming a positive PCR test, a person infected may have passed the virus on to a contact who does not find out until days later.

    What does self-isolation actually mean?

    You must not go to work, school or public places – and work from home if you can. You must not go on public transport or use taxis, or go out to get food and medicine.

    You must also not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care. And you should not go out to exercise.

    The NHS advises people to exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one.

    Could we be heading for another Pingdemic?

    The Pingdemic over the summer was caused by people’s NHS Covid-19 app ‘pingingthem to say they had been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19.

    这次, if Omicron causes a huge spike in numbers of cases, it could mean large numbers of people are again stuck at home in what may be branded ‘Pingdemic 2.0’.

    WHAT NEXT?

    How long will the new rules last?

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said the measures will be reviewed in three weeks, which would be the last Saturday before Christmas.

    Could the restrictions get tougher?

    The first ministers of Scotland and Wales called on Boris Johnson to extend self-isolation rules for all UK arrivals from two to eight days — as Scotland confirmed six cases of the Omicron variant including some with no links abroad.

    Nicola Sturgeon said Scots should start working from home immediately to curb the spread of the virus in a warning sign that England could soon face more restrictions.

    Surge testing will also be deployed in areas of Scotland where the super-strain has been detected amid fears it could already be transmitting in the community.

    Ms Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford have asked for an emergency Cobra meeting to come up with a ‘tougher four nations approachto control the spread of the variant.

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