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All the key plan B Covid dates as new rules announced by Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has announced plan B – including work from home guidance, face masks and more.

The Prime Minister said he had chosen to deploy Plan B to “protect public health” amid suggestions it could act as a distraction from claims that a lockdown-busting Christmas party occurred in No 10 last year.

Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance joind the PM at the press conference from No 10 tonight.

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England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty also delivered his verdict.

But when do plan B measures take hold? What can we expect? How long will they last.

Mr Johnson told a Downing Street press briefing: “You’ve got to act to protect public health when you’ve got the clear evidence.

But how does that manifest in the form of restrictions and new rules? Here are the key dates to be aware of.

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From Friday December 10

Face masks are compulsory in most public venues – theatres included, as well as cinemas.

Mr Johnson said the mask guidance would include exemptions for when eating, drinking, exercising or singing.

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From Monday Dcember 13

Guidance to work from hom reintroduced, but this does NOT mean work parties should be cancelled, the Prime Minister says.

From next week

NHS Covid passes become mandatory for entry into nightclubs/venues.

Self isolation replaced by daily testing for contacts of Covid-positive people.

The Covid health certificate will apply to unseated indoor venues with more than 500 attendees, and outside where there are more than 4,000 people.

The Prime Minister added that the pass can be obtained with a negative lateral flow test or by having had two doses of a vaccine but hinted this could change by saying “we will keep this under review as the boosters roll out”.

January 5

Simultaneously in the Commons, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said would be reviewed on January 5.

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