Government announces easing of Plan B restrictions

Government guidelines around Covid-19 have changed. But, while reported cases have dipped, infection rates remain high in Herefordshire. We remind residents to continue to take care of themselves and others by:

  • Getting vaccinated
  • Self-isolating when infected (see information on testing here)
  • If exempt from self-isolating as a contact, to undertake daily LFD tests.
  • Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors and remembering that outdoor meetings are safer
  • Washing hands regularly with soap and water
  • Continuing to wear face coverings in crowded and indoor areas and giving people space
  • Taking a rapid lateral flow test regularly
  • Getting a booster jab as soon as possible

More information is available on our webpage.

Dr Rebecca Howell-Jones, acting director of public health for Herefordshire Council

“Across Herefordshire, we have seen a drop in reported Covid-19 cases. The decrease has been across all age ranges, except primary school aged children, where we continue to see rates rise. While it is likely that there is a real decrease in the number of overall cases in Herefordshire, the changes in policy around PCR confirmatory testing may also mean fewer cases have been reported.

“Herefordshire’s uptake of vaccination, including booster doses, has been really good. We encourage anyone who has yet to get vaccinated, or to have their booster, to take up the offer now. This is the best way to protect yourself, your family and the community. Visit the government website to find out where you can get your vaccine. Details of walk-ins in Herefordshire are available on the Taurus Healthcare website.

“Please remember to report your lateral flow test results via the government webpage. And, while PCR confirmatory tests are not now generally required, residents are reminded that they are needed to be eligible for the Test and Trace payment of £500.”

Government’s latest guidelines in summary

From Thursday 20 January:

  • Guidance to work from home ends (talk to your employer about how you will work safely in future)
  • Secondary school pupils will not be asked to wear masks in class (also, face masks will no longer be compulsory for primary teachers in communal areas)

From Thursday 27 February

  • Face masks will no longer be compulsory in indoor places, including public transport, places of worship and shops
  • Covid passes – proof of full vaccination or recent negative tests – will no longer be compulsory for nightclubs and other indoor places where large groups meet

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You can also visit the government’s webpage for in-depth guidance on Covid.


Published: 21st January 2022