Article 10 December 2021 Covid-19 Update | 9 December 2021 As you will have seen from the news last night, the Covid response in England will move to Plan B, in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. For those in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland please follow the guidance locally. Work from home if you can We know that we get our best work done when we are in the workplace, collaborating and interacting with our colleagues. However, from Monday 13 December the guidance recommends that those that can work from home do so. There are exceptions to this, for those whose work cannot be done from home (e.g. our frontline colleagues) and those working in critical roles. If this does not apply to you then consider whether you and your team can work remotely to protect you and those around you. If you haven’t already, get vaccinated or boosted If you’re 40 or over, or in a high-risk group, you can now book to have your booster jab 12 weeks after your second vaccine dose (or third, if you have a weakened immune system and had to have an extra primary dose). You can arrange your booking a month in advance – in other words, from two months (61 days) after your second jab. Younger adults will be invited to make an appointment shortly. Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport You must wear a face-covering in shops and on public transport, except where exemptions apply. In our offices and workplaces, you must observe site-specific obligations: in some areas (e.g. universities, colleges and schools) you are required to wear a face covering. Get tested and self-isolate if required Around 1 in 3 people with Covid don’t have any symptoms. This means you could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Testing regularly increases the chances of detecting Covid when you are infectious but are not displaying symptoms. Rapid lateral flow tests are still available free of charge. You can get tests from pharmacies or online. Use of the NHS Covid Pass From Wednesday 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption. It’s more important than ever to make sure you’re on top of the steps we can all take to keep ourselves, our colleagues and our families safe.