Face masks are to be made mandatory in ‘most indoor settings’ including theatres and cinemas from Friday.
The stricter rules on face coverings are part of Boris Johnson’s move to ‘Plan B’ restrictions before Christmas in a bid to stop the spread of Omicron.
Speaking as the fallout from the Downing Street Christmas party deepens, the Prime Minister confirmed the return of working from home ‘if you can’ from Monday.
He also said vaccine passports are being introduced in ‘certain settings’, including nightclubs and sports stadiums.
Observers suggested the move to Plan B was conveniently timed as the Government faces widespread criticism and a major public backlash to allegations that Number 10 hosted lockdown parties last year.
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