Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced people in England will be advised to work from home as of Monday as the country moves to Plan B.

In a briefing at Downing Street, Mr Johnson has also announced a range of other measures which are designed to limit the spread of the Omicron variant.

Mr Johnson said: ‘By reducing your contacts in the workplace you will slow transmission. But the single biggest thing that everyone of us can do is to get our jabs and crucially to get that booster as soon as our turn arrives.’

Other measures introduced include from this Friday, mandatory masks will be extended to most public venues, including theatres and cinemas and from next week, the NHS Covid pass will be mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues where larger crowds gather.

This will include unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 5,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people. He said two doses will be sufficient for a Covid pass, but this will be kept under review as boosters are rolled out. A negative lateral flow will also be acceptable.

Prof Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, also said that ‘Omicron is going up incredibly fast’ and the measures are needed to slow the spread.

Rebellion?

However the PM faces a fight over these new regulations within his own party. At the same time as he was addressing the nation, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid updated the House of Commons to clearly angry backbenchers. It is known that some ministers and MPs are opposed to the idea of so called ‘vaccine passports’ and other measures. Other are also sceptical about the move which comes after so much talk around a party held in Downing Street last year.

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