Covid live: Omicron rule updates for shops, schools and public transport

The wearing of face masks will become mandatory in shops and other settings from tomorrow (Tuesday, November 30) as the Government takes steps to reduce the impact of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

As part of the measures, passengers arriving in the UK will from Tuesday have to take a PCR test and self-isolate until they test negative.

While staff, visitors and pupils in Year 7 and above have also been told they should wear masks in communal areas in schools, colleges and universities such as corridors, canteens and halls in England from today (Monday).

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All contacts with a suspected case of Omicron will have to isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status, amid concerns that existing jabs will be less effective against the strain, which is believed to spread rapidly.

The new face mask rules means they need to be worn on public transport and in shops and other settings including banks, post offices and hairdressers.

However, people have been told that planning for Christmas should continue as normal.

And there is no suggestion that social distancing rules or home working guidance is anywhere near being reintroduced.

We’ll bring you the latest developments and reactions in the blog below.

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