England has returned to Plan A - Covid-19 guidance

The Government recently announced an easing of a number of Covid-19 restrictions with a move back to Plan A.
Woman wearing a mask

What does this mean?

  • The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should now talk to their employers to agree arrangements to return to the office.
  • There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. However, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.

More about face coverings

When do I need to wear one?

Although the legal requirement to wear a face covering no longer applies, customers, visitors or staff may choose to wear face coverings in any setting.

Face Coverings in Health and Care settings

Face coverings and face masks will continue to be required in health and care settings to comply with infection prevention and control (IPC) and adult social care guidance.

This includes hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They must also be worn by everyone accessing or visiting care homes.

You are required to wear a face covering on entering these healthcare settings and must keep it on until you leave unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse for removing.

Continue to stay safe

Although the restrictions have eased, you are advised to continue to protect yourself and others in the following ways:

  • Get vaccinated and get your booster dose
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Meet outdoors if you can, as safer, and let fresh air in if you meet indoors.
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required 

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