Plan B will help to slow the spread of the variant and reduce the chances of the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure, while providing more time for people to receive their booster vaccination.This is a fast-moving situation and we would urge you to follow the latest measures to help keep everyone safe.The simple measures we’ve all been taking throughout this pandemic are still important: wash hands regularlywear face coverings where requiredtaking lateral flow tests regularlygetting vaccinated and the booster when eligibleself-isolating and getting a PCR test when displaying any symptomsletting fresh air in when meeting people indoors.Face coveringsFrom Friday 10 December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship as well as continuing to be a requirement in shops and on public transport. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as hospitality settings and when exercising.People will be required to wear face coverings in Wiltshire Council buildings including our main hubs, libraries, the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, and leisure centres (but not while exercising).For schools, face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt. Pupils or students (in year 7 or above) should continue to wear face coverings on public and dedicated school transport, unless they are exempt.Work from home if you canFrom Monday 13 December, those who can do so are advised to work from home.NHS Covid Pass requirementsFrom Wednesday 15 December, and subject to parliamentary approval, the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the app. Proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.Testing and self-isolationTesting will also be a vital tool in controlling the spread given the likely increased transmissibility of Omicron. The Government intends to introduce daily contact tests for contacts of confirmed positive cases instead of the ten-day self-isolation period.Currently, close contacts of anyone who has tested positive for the Omicron variant are required to isolate for 10 days regardless of whether they have been double vaccinated. People identified as close contact of or a suspected case of Omicron, will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.Everyone should test using a rapid lateral flow device, particularly before entering a high-risk setting involving people you wouldn’t normally come into contact with, or when visiting a vulnerable person. Lateral flow devices remain free of charge and can be collected from local pharmacies using a collection code or ordered online for free home delivery.Changes to international travel arrivals and red list countriesTravellers heading to the UK, who are aged 12 and over, are now required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 lateral flow or PCR test, a maximum of 48 hours before travelling.All travellers arriving into the UK are also required to take a PCR test on or before day two, and self-isolate until they have received a negative test result. The PCR tests can be purchased from private providers – free NHS tests are not valid for this purpose.As a result of the new variant, the government’s red travel list has been updated, and can be viewed at: www.gov.uk/guidance/red-list-of-countries-and-territories.