Our hospitality industry takes a big step towards normality (remember that?) today, with Covid ‘Plan B’ restrictions being lifted in England

Notably, this means…

  • Covid passes are no longer compulsory to gain entry to venues and events
  • Face masks are no longer compulsory in any public spaces
  • Restrictions on nightclubs will also be eased, with more detail on what exactly this means expected soon
  • Work from home guidance has been scrapped
  • The number of visitors allowed at care homes will ease (from Monday, 31st January)

We will still see some restrictions, however…

Examples are; face coverings will remain mandatory on TfL services, and some retailers such as Sainsbury’s and Morrisons will still ask customers to keep wearing them.

And don’t forget it still remains to be a legal requirement to self isolate if you test positive for Covid

Elsewhere, by the end of the month, in the UK…

Scotland will see indoor social distancing reduced from 2m to 1m and work at home advice will be lifted. This is on top of restrictions already lifted north of the wall such as nightclubs being able to reopen.

Wales sees the cap of 6 people being able to gather in hospitality venues, cinemas and theatres being lifted. Covid passes will still be required, however, for large events, cinemas, nightclubs and theatres.

Northern Ireland has already seen the rules on table service in hospitality businesses and the “rule of six” per table lifted. Moreover, the guidance of three households allowed to meet in a home has also been removed

Stay tuned!