Nativities and Christmas parties – are they at risk under Covid Plan B?

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Boris Johnson addressed the nation in a Covid briefing at 6pm on December 8 with updated rules for the festive period. In a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus as cases of Omicron rise across the globe, the Prime Minister has introduced new guidelines for England under the name Covid Plan B. Are Nativities and Christmas parties at risk under Covid Plan B?

Christmas parties have been going on across the country for the last few weeks and schools are carefully rehearsing their Nativities for families to come and watch in the coming weeks before schools wrap up over the next couple of weeks. 

In tonight’s media briefing Boris Johnson announced Covid Plan B, which involves new guidelines that everyone in England must follow to halt the recent spike in Covid cases in the UK. 

Alongside reintroducing working from home and making face coverings essential in certain venues and places, the public has been fearing that social restrictions would come into play.

The good news is, Nativity plays and Christmas parties can still go ahead.

However, there will be more restrictions in place from this Friday onwards. 

The Prime Minister said: “From this Friday we will further extend the legal requirement to wear a face mask to mask to most public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas.

“There will be of course exceptions where it’s not practical, such as when eating, drinking, exercising, or singing.”

This means you’ll probably need to wear a mask when attending your child’s Nativity or your work Christmas do.

On top of this, you’ll need an NHS Covid pass to get into some venues and nightclubs.

The Prime Minister said: “We’ll also make the NHS COVID past mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather including unseated indoor venues, with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

“The NHS COVID Pass can still be obtained with two doses but we will keep this under review as the boosters rollout and having taken clinical advice since the emergence of Omicron.”

 A negative lateral flow test will also be sufficient for entry into these venues.

As Omicron spreads in the community, the Prime Minister said the Government will introduce daily tests for contacts instead of isolation.

Mr Johnson said this will “keep people safe, while minimising the disruption to daily life.”

He urged the public to get vaccinated as soon as your turn arrives and said this is the “biggest thing” everyone can do to make a difference. 

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