Boris Johnson could bring in seven restrictions next week to tackle Omicron
Prime Minister Boris Johnson could bring in seven restrictions next week to tackle Omicron.
The NHS is currently urging people to have a "jabby new year" as celebrations for 2022 are set to go ahead.
Hundreds of people are being urged to get a booster jab this week to help protect against the Omicron variant.
Head of the Covid vaccination programme, Dr Emily Lawson, said: "We are contacting hundreds of thousands of people this week urging them to ensure they have maximum protection in the face of the threat from Omicron."
She went onto explain why it is so important to get the booster shot.
She continued: "Experts are clear that two doses does not give the protection we need from the new strain so everyone eligible should get boosted now and enjoy a jabby new year.
"Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your friends as we head into 2022, whether it be a first, second or booster dose."
Despite Boris Johnson increasing the amount of Covid boosters being given out, health secretary Sajid Javid, said "we will see" whether new measures are needed to be put in place in January.
Cabinet minister George Eustice warned it hospitalisations increases: "We would have to act further."
The Prime Minister has held back further measures until the new year but whether new restrictions come into place depends on the amount of people in hospitals.
Analysis last week by the UK Health Security Agency suggested a person with Omicron Covid is “50 to 70% less likely to be admitted to hospital” than a person with the Delta.
Full "Step 2" – indoor gatherings banned
Scientific advisors to the government have created a model to return to a full "Step 2" restrictions or a model that cuts mixing by half, reports the Mirror.
Step 2 is what England’s lockdown transitioned to on 12 April 2021, with only very limited entertainment and socialising allowed.
It bans indoor gathering between mixed households, bans pubs and restaurants from serving indoors and a limit of six people gathering outdoors.
I banned people in England traveling abroad and stopped overnight stays with people outside your bubble.
SAGE subgroup SPI-M-O found a ’50% of Step 2’ measure would trigger “only a very small reduction” in serious illness and death.
By comparison, full-fat Step 2 could cut deaths by 12-27% if kept in place until January 15 or by 24-54% if kept until March 28.
If this was in place furlough almost certainly would be needed which would cost an enormous amount.
Nightclubs have been previously closed by law for 16 month.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have already ordered nightclubs to shut again as part of measures to tackle Omicron.
Boris Johnson has held of closing nightclubs in England but has ordered large venues open past 1am to demand to see "Covid passes."
Unvaccinated people are still allowed in nightclubs but must show proof of a recent negative Covid test.
Rule of six
The ‘rule of six’ is one option that has been looked at by Whitehall officials for England, the Telegraph reported.
However, sources were not specific about where a six-person limit on gatherings might apply.
Wales and Northern Ireland have both imposed the ‘rule of six’ on indoor gatherings between multiple households.
This is only in place for public venues, like pubs and restaurants.
In Wales, gatherings up to 30 people are allowed in private homes, and up to 50 people can gather anywhere outside.
Scotland has not brought back the rule of six but has instead asked people to limit gatherings to three households or less.
Limits on numbers in venues
Wales have limited indoor gatherings to 30 people and outdoor ones to 50 people at a time.
Two-metre social distancing between tables in restaurants, pubs and other public premises is also in place in Wales.
Northern Ireland has limited indoor gatherings to 30 people by law, and required two-metre social distancing in offices.
Scotland has capacity limits of 200 people at indoor seated events or 100 at indoor standing events.
Table service in pubs
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also have ordered pubs and bars to return to table service as well as limiting group numbers.
Which means England is the only place people can que at the bar to collect their drink.
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