Boris Johnson will lead a Covid press conference amid concerns that cases of the Omicron variant continue to rise with possible changes to Plan B restrictions.

The Prime Minister is to be joined by England’s chief medical officer Sir Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, Downing Street has confirmed. 

The conference news comes as schools return and Omicron cases rise following the festive period.

There has been wide speculation over what Mr Johnson will discuss in his briefing from NHS staff shortages to even a possible lockdown.

Bournemouth Echo: Boris Johnson wearing a mask. Credit: PABoris Johnson wearing a mask. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister is said to be against imposing further restrictions with current Plan B rules and the booster jab rollout said to be “working”.

Here are the current Plan B restrictions that you should be following right now: 

Plan B restrictions

Boris Johnson confirmed that England would be adopting Plan B measures on December 8.

These restrictions were introduced following the rise of the Omicron variant.


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In a Downing Street press briefing, he announced the following: 

  • Face masks are mandatory in most indoor venues including theatres and cinemas 
  • Work from home guidance 
  • The NHS Covid pass is to be made mandatory in England's nightclubs and large venues ( indoor more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people.)