The government has announced that from Tuesday 30 November new temporary precautionary measures be re-introduced to reduce the spread of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant in the UK.
The measures include wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport as well as all travellers returning to the UK will require PCR testing.
Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said:
“We need to do everything we can to protect ourselves and each other against this evolving situation.
“Norwich has responded tremendously well throughout the pandemic and it’s important we continue to stick together and work collectively to lower the spread of the virus.
“This is an important time of year for everybody, particularly retail and hospitality, and we should all do our bit to make sure the festive period and beyond is a safe one.
“As well as following this new guidance, please also make sure you get fully vaccinated – if you haven’t had your 1st or 2nd doses, now’s the time to do so and if you’re eligible for a booster please sign up for that too.”
Face coverings will also be compulsory in banks, post offices and hairdressers, unless individuals are exempt from doing so. All hospitality settings will be exempt.
All travellers arriving in the country from 4am on Tuesday 30 November will be required to take a PCR test on or before day two and self-isolate until they have received a negative test result. These PCR tests can be purchased from private providers. Free NHS tests are not valid for this purpose.
All close contacts of anyone who has tested positive for the Omicron variant are required to isolate for 10 days regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.