Posted on Thursday 9th December 2021
Residents and businesses across Staffordshire are being called on to follow the new rules, as cases of the Omicron Covid variant rise across the UK.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening said the doubling rate of this variant was now two to three days, so action was needed to find out more about the impact on hospitals and to allow more people to be vaccinated.
The measures include
- Working from home if you can from Monday
- Extending the use of face coverings to indoor areas such as cinemas from Friday - but not eating/drinking places
- NHS vaccine passes for entry to nightclubs other places with large gatherings from next Wednesday
Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said:
“I know that many people will find these increased restrictions difficult, particularly given the time of year. However, the Government has made it clear this is a critical time and these additional measures are necessary to make sure our hospitals can cope and allow time for more people to get vaccinated.
“We must do all we can to protect ourselves and each other and I encourage everyone to follow the measures, get vaccinated, and follow advice on testing and isolation.”
Staffordshire currently has two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant – one resident in Newcastle and one in Lichfield – but expects to see numbers rise in the coming weeks.