Last updated: 21 January 2022 at 11.10am
The Prime Minister gave a statement on COVID-19 and the Omicron variant on Wednesday 8 December 2021, confirming that the country is moving to Plan B, meaning that the following measures come into force:
- From Monday 13 December, those who can will be advised to work from home.
- From Friday 10 December, the government will further extend the legal requirement to wear a face mask to most public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising.
- From Wednesday 15 December, and subject to parliamentary approval, the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.
Government guidance has been updated giving more detail around these measures.
This follows the Prime Minister confirming new temporary and precautionary measures, from Tuesday 30 November as a precaution to slow down the spread of the variant. These were:
- Face coverings made compulsory in shops and on public transport.
- All international arrivals must take a day two PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
- All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.
- Get tested and self-isolate if required.
- If you haven’t already, get vaccinated.
Our message to residents is to protect themselves and think of others by following the guidance.
Our borough has many communities, and residents will have different views, anxieties and personal circumstances. In the winter months with fewer opportunities to socialise outdoors, some may be anxious about becoming infected with the virus, while others feel more comfortable. Please respect each other’s views.
Symptoms of COVID
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste Most people with symptoms have at least one of these.
There is more information and advice on the NHS website about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and self-isolation.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible, even if you’ve had one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Regular twice weekly testing is being encouraged for everyone without symptoms, to help identify more positive cases and break chains of transmission.
Information is available on the NHS website on testing to check if you have COVID-19, what testing involves, how to understand test results and how to report results.
Supervised lateral flow tests and test kits for use at home are also available from participating pharmacies across the county. Find details about getting a supervised test at a pharmacy.
Hampshire COVID-19 data
Support for residents and businesses
Household Support Fund
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have been granted a proportion of Hampshire County Council’s Household Support Fund to provide short-term help to support households in the most need with food, energy and water bills and other related essentials. Here you can source further information and make an application
There is government advice available for businesses about keeping people safe in the workplace.