Thursday 27th January, 2022:
Coronavirus restrictions relating to adult social care (e.g., in care homes/residential settings) will be eased in England from Monday 31st January.
There will no longer be any limit on the number of visitors allowed to enter care homes, self-isolation periods will be reduced and management of any Covid-19 outbreak in a care home will only have to follow the rules for 14 days, not 28 as at present.
There are other changes applicable to staff matters effective 16th February.
As always consult the full regulations set out on the UK government web site.
Wednesday 19th January, 2022:
The UK government ( but changes only apply to England ) announced an easing of the restrictions that have been in place since late November / early December last year: in summary these are ...
From Wednesday 19th January: You are no longer asked to work from home if you can. Talk to your employer to agree arrangements to return to your workplace.
From Thursday 20th January: Staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges will not be required to wear a face covering in classrooms (but still required in 'communal' areas inside - see immediately under).
From Thursday 27th January: You will not be required to wear a face covering, including in communal areas of schools, but the government suggests you should continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet. (Remember: individual organisations may either mandate, or strongly suggest, continuing wearing of such [e.g., transport concerns, supermarkets etc.] & health settings [e.g., hospitals, clinics, surgeries, chemists etc.], will still require appropriate face covering).
You’ll no longer need to show your NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law.
More details on the gov.uk/coronavirus page of central government.
Saturday 15th January, 2022:
From the 17th January ...
(in England) ... you can stop isolating at the start of day 6 if you get two negative rapid lateral flow tests on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature. Tests must be 24 hours (at least) apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again. More details on the gov.uk/coronavirus page of central government
Thursday 6th January, 2022:
From the 11th January ... (in England) ... if you get a positive lateral flow test (LFT) result: you will no longer need to take a follow-up PCR test, but you should self-isolate immediately. If you HAVE symptoms of Coronavirus then you will need to take a PCR test. More details on the gov.uk/coronavirus page of central government.
REMEMBER! The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown up surprises before ... expect changes ahead ... and take care!