What is Plan C? Stricter covid rules could be introduced if plan B fails

People have seen a new wave of restrictions introduced as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across England.

The prime minister said it was now “proportionate and responsible” to move across the country to Plan B measures, which include mandatory masks in more settings and the use of vaccine passports.

A review date for those has been tentatively set for Wednesday, January 5, but Mr Johnson has made it clear that a review could take place earlier if he deems it necessary.

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The government hopes the new measures will slow the spread of Omicron, thereby reducing the likely increase in hospitalizations and deaths.

But if those measures aren’t tough enough to do so, stricter rules could come into play, Bristol Live reports.

Whispers of a “plan C” first surfaced in October, as death rates hit their highest level since March.

The Telegraph reported that this was being worked out as a contingency to succeed Plan B if those restrictions were not enough to bring down case rates and hospitalizations.

A Whitehall source reportedly said: “The focus is on measures that can be taken without major economic impact, so keeping shops, pubs and restaurants open but looking for other ways to reduce risk.”

Details of Plan C have not been made public, but the source suggested it will include mandatory Covid passports for nightclubs, events and venues.

There is already an element of this in Plan B – as of Wednesday (December 15) some places, including nightclubs and large event venues, will need proof of an NHS pass Covid at the entrance, to demonstrate that they are double-bitten.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also said that a negative lateral flow test would also be sufficient to gain access, even for those who are not double-pricked.

Plan B does not seek to stop socializing, and people have been told they can still attend Christmas parties and nurseries.

Venues will likely remain open, given that the PM and his cabinet have repeatedly cited the impact on the economy as a primary reason for not reverting to a ‘hard’ lockdown – unless science only shows that this is absolutely necessary.

More likely, perhaps, is a return to some social guidelines such as the rule of six.

Plan C restrictions might resemble those introduced in Tier 2, where households were only allowed to mix outdoors, with the exception of people within a childcare bubble or childcare bubble. support.

A statement issued by Issue 10 on Tuesday, December 8 said, “The government will keep the data under constant scrutiny. The regulation will expire six weeks after its implementation, with a review after three weeks.

“Overall, the government hopes these measures will reduce transmission and slow the spread of the Omicron variant, and continue to urge eligible people to get their recalls when called.”

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