ABC News reports:
As two cases of the new Omricon variant of the COVID-19 virus have been detected in the U.K., England has mandated a return to mask wearing and PCR tests. Addressing a nationally televised press conference on Saturday afternoon, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that face coverings will become mandatory again in shops and on public transport across England. The Prime Minister also said that plans for the booster jab for vaccines, for those who are double vaccinated, will be stepped up.
While England had relaxed mask requirements in July, they remain mandatory on public transport and most indoor areas across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which have devolved administrations separate from England. In addition, inbound international travelers to the U.K. are required to get a PCR test by the second day of their arrival and must self-isolate until the results arrive.
Boris Johnson announces new restrictions to stop the spread of the Omicron variant:
1. PCR test + isolation for all UK arrivals until negative result
2. All contacts must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status
3. Face masks in all shops and public transport
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) November 27, 2021
🗣️ Mandatory face coverings will be reimposed in shops and on public transport, along with compulsory 10-day self-isolation for those who come into contact with positive cases of the new Covid-19 variant https://t.co/2UiVFUDfOD
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) November 27, 2021