What does 'Plan B' mean for businesses?

The Prime Minister has announced a move to ‘Plan B’ as set out in the Autumn and Winter Plan. Moving to Plan B will help to slow the spread of the Omicron variant and reduce the chances of the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure, while also allowing time to deliver more boosters.

The new plan includes:

  • Mandatory facemasks in most indoor settings;
  • Introducing mandatory NHS pass certification for large events;
  • Those who can work from home should do so where practical; and,
  • A new system of daily contact testing.

Business Posters:

There are a variety of posters available to download, which businesses can print off and display within their premises. Click here to download.


Working from Home:

From Monday 13 December, people who can work from home should do so to reduce contact with others both in the workplace and on public transport.

Employers should discuss working arrangements with employees and encourage any employees who have to continue going into work to take regular tests to manage their own risk and the risks to others. 


Face coverings

From Friday 10th December, face coverings will be mandatory in most indoor settings and on public transport, including taxis. There will be exemptions where face coverings are not practical, such as in hospitality settings includings cafes, restaurants and pubs, or in nightclubs and other night-time dance venues.

Staff in those mandatory settings will also be required to wear face coverings when they are in a part that is open to the public. Staff may also wear face coverings when working in settings where face coverings are not required, and businesses are encouraged to support them in doing so.


Working Safely:

Find out how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in your workplace.

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure


If you need further support, information or guidance on how to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic within your local business, please contact our business support team or visit our Coronavirus support hub for more resources and up to date links.