Boris Johnson ‘now considering Plan C Covid restrictions’ to curb Omicron spread

Boris Johnson is considering bringing in new and tighter Plan C coronavirus restrictions, according to reports.

Plan B measures have only just been announced in a bid to try and curb the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, with ministers reportedly drawing up plans to introduce stricter measures in the new year.

The Plan B restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Wednesday included the return of working from home, vaccine passports for large events and the spread of wearing face masks again.

Although the specifics of Plan C have not been laid out, it is understood that measures will go further with the reintroduction of having to check in with the NHS Covid app in pubs and restaurants, Manchester Evening News reports.

One report in The Daily Telegraph also suggested that measures could also include a return to table service in pubs and restaurants.

Face masks could be made compulsory for all indoors settings and vaccine passports could be extended.

A review of the Plan B measures is expected to take place on January 5.

The PM previously said the “proportionate and responsible” measures could be reviewed before then if deemed necessary.

Tougher restrictions could therefore be introduced in early January depending on how the Omicron situation meets the government's four tests over the festive season.

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The strain is predicted to become the most dominant variant of Covid-19, with early analysis showing it is likely there is some level of reduced vaccine effectiveness against it.

Ministers have faced criticism for introducing tougher measures, with anger in the Conservative Party fuelled by suspicions the new restrictions were introduced as an attempt to distract from the Prime Minister’s troubles over an alleged staff party in Downing Street during last December’s lockdown.

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Though Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said the restrictions were a "necessary evil".

He told a Royal Society of Medicine briefing: “I think it’s a necessary evil… It’s very damaging for parts of the economy, the hospitality sector, retail sector in particular – they’re going to be affected.

“Unfortunately, we have to do it. The rate at which this virus is spreading is doubling every two or three days.”

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