Extensive surveillance of COVID-19 has identified cases of the Omicron variant in areas across England, including Cheshire West and Chester, that cannot be traced back to international travel.
The case confirmed in Cheshire West and Chester is self-isolating and robust contact tracing has taken place to trace their contacts and ask them to self-isolate. Anyone who lives in the same household or is a close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant is required to self-isolate regardless of age or vaccination status. NHS Test and Trace will contact people in these circumstances directly.
On Thursday, to slow the spread of Omicron, new England-wide restrictions were announced in line with Plan B of the national Winter Plan, with some measures likely to come into force from Friday, subject to Parliamentary approval.
The Government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means the following.
A full list of guidance on these changes will be availableHEREin the coming days.
Face covering regulations were laid in Parliament on Thursday, with the remaining regulations expected to be laid on Monday 13 December. Parliament will debate the measures next week, with a vote expected to take place on Tuesday 14 December.
The regulations are set to expire six weeks after implementation, with a review after three weeks.