Boris Johnson wants to make vaccination cards mandatory for nightclubs and all indoor locations with more than 500 people if the Covid-19 cases increase too quickly in autumn and winter.
Face masks will also be required again and employees will be encouraged to work from home. However, the measures are only introduced as a “last resort” when the NHS is “overwhelmed”.
Mr Johnson and Health Secretary Sajid Javid released a plan to deal with the coronavirus this fall and winter today. They said they hoped to avoid introducing new restrictions, thanks in part to the introduction of “booster” vaccinations for the elderly and vulnerable who have already received two vaccinations.
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However, the 30-page document provided details on a “Plan B”, including vaccine passports and more, that should be put in place if the virus spreads faster than the NHS can control.
And Mr Johnson said at a press conference on Downing Street, “We will keep further action in reserve – a Plan B.
“We now don’t see the need to continue with mandatory certification, for example. However, we will continue to work with the many companies that are preparing for such a program. In fact, over 200 events have already voluntarily used Covid certification.
“And it just doesn’t make sense to completely rule out that type of option now when we have to face the fact that it may still make all the difference between whether or not companies stay open at full capacity.
“We will also keep the option open to prescribe face-covering like elsewhere or to advise people to work from home again.”
For now, the government is launching a five-point plan that it hopes will keep the virus under control with no further restrictions required. Actions include a new round of booster vaccinations for anyone aged 50 and over, as well as nursing home staff and all frontline nursing and health workers.
The new booster jabs are slated to begin next week, with nursing home residents and workers lining up first, followed by people over the age of 80.
As announced earlier this week, children between the ages of 12 and 15 will also be offered vaccinations. And there will be a new drive to get people who have previously resisted vaccination to change their minds.
Second, the testing and tracing program remains in place, along with advice on self-isolating if you develop Covid-19 symptoms and the legal obligation for anyone testing a positive enemy for the virus to self-isolate for 10 days.
Third, the government is providing the NHS with additional funding to help ease the current backlog of cases and cope with the expected increase in winter. This includes providing £ 63 billion over the 2020-21 period.
The fourth part of the plan is an advertising campaign asking people to behave in ways that will reduce the spread of the virus, including recommending that they meet outdoors whenever possible. And the fifth element is an ongoing effort to prevent visitors with the virus from arriving in the UK, despite the government also saying it will continue to open up foreign travel.
In addition, the government will extend laws giving councils the power to take action to fight the virus through March 2022. This allows public health officials to close certain venues, and doesn’t mean regional lockdowns recur.
However, the government’s winter plan also includes tougher measures in case initial proposals fail to get the virus under control. The document reads: “If the data suggests that the NHS is likely to come under unsustainable pressure, the government has prepared a Plan B for England.
“The government hopes it will not have to implement Plan B, but given the uncertainty, it is now finalizing details so the public and businesses know what to expect if further action is required.”
Plan B includes:
- Vaccination records to ensure that only people with at least two vaccinations can visit halls with 500 or more participants, e.g. B. Nightclubs; Outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees where those attendees are likely to be in close proximity to people from other households, such as B. Outdoor festivals; and all settings with 10,000 or more participants, such as stadium sports or music events.
- Laws are being brought back in some places forcing people to wear face masks. The report says: “The exact settings will then be decided.”
- Ask people to return to work from home, reduce their use of public transport, and reduce the number of face-to-face meetings and social activities.
Health Minister Sajid Javid warned that cases will increase as the weather gets colder. He said, “We need to be vigilant as fall and winter are favorable conditions for Covid-19 and other seasonal viruses.
“Children have returned to school. More and more people are returning to work. The changing weather means more people will be spending time indoors, and there will likely be a lot of demand for those with non-Covid on the NHS, including the flu and noroviruses. “
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