From Tuesday (30 November), the government has confirmed that face masks will be made compulsory once again after cases of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant were detected in the UK.
The new strain, first detected in South Africa, has been dubbed the “worst ever” coronavirus mutation, but it is hoped a crackdown on restrictions will help to prevent further spread.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the variant, designated a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation, appears to spread “very rapidly” and can transmit between people who are fully vaccinated.
It is also feared that it may partially reduce the protection offered by existing vaccines.
Rule changes in England
Downing Street has confirmed that face masks will be made mandatory in all shops in England, and on public transport, from 4am on Tuesday (30 November).