New temporary measures to prevent the spread of Omicron variant

Published: 02 December 2021

Face coverings are a legal requirement in shops and on public transport.

As of 4am on Tuesday 30 November, face coverings are a legal requirement in shops and on public transport. This includes retail premises, hair and nail salons, taxi and private hire vehicles. View the full list of places you are required to wear a face covering.

Face coverings should also be worn in communal areas in all education settings by staff, visitors and pupils, or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt. Pupils or students in year 7 or above should continue to wear face coverings on public and school transport, unless they are exempt.

Travellers must take a PCR test before day 2 of arrival in the UK

International arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated will need to isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day 2 following your arrival. You are only permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative. If your test result is positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days. This is the law.

Close contacts of anyone who has tested positive for Omicron variant to isolate for 10 days

Those who have come into contact with an individual who may have been infected with the Omicron variant will need to self-isolate. This will apply even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under. This is the law.

These temporary measures will be reviewed in 3 weeks’ time.

Read more about the current measures on GOV.UK.