Five things that don't make sense about 'confusing' new Plan B Covid rules

Five things that don't make sense about 'confusing' new Plan B Covid rules

December 8, 2021

BORIS Johnson admitted himself that Covid rules in place "can be confusing" – as he introduced the latest Plan B restrictions.

At a gloomy press conference, the PM pulled the trigger on the Government's Plan B to tackle the rising tide of Omicron cases ripping across Britain.

Despite making it compulsory to wear masks in more public places, the PM admitted that there are exceptions to the rule.

And now a handful of places will require a Covid vaccine passport before you enter.

But the new restrictions have left Brits baffled – as some rules seem to contradict one another.

Mr Johnson said the "most important thing" was for Brits to get their booster jabs after previously praising the Sun's Jabs Army campaign.

Speaking about masks, Boris Johnson said: "There'll be of course exemptions where it's not practical, such as when eating, drinking, exercising or singing."

The rules on where people have to wear masks are being extended from Friday to cover most public venues including theatres and cinemas.

Brits have already been told to wear face coverings on public transport and in many public places.

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The rules also cover shops, post offices and banks, beauty salons and hairdressers, and taxi rides.

The Government rules state: "From Friday 10 December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship.

"There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising.

"For that reason, face masks will not be required in hospitality settings."

Here are some of the most confusing rules which are coming into place in the next week.

Work from home – but go to the pub with colleagues

Under the new rules, Brits have been told to work from home wherever possible.

Plan B has forced Brits back into their home offices – reminiscent of the first, second, and third lockdowns.

Offices will start to empty out and shut their doors under the new guidance Boris Johnson announced tonight.

But people have been quick to realise that this doesn't stop colleagues from socialising.

With pubs still open – and without any mask enforcements for punters – workers can still mingle with each other for hours after their shifts.

But many have pointed out that this seems to counteract the work-from-home mandate.

Vaccine passports in nightclubs- but not pubs

Many Brits have been left questioning the rules over vaccine passports – which come into play next Wednesday.

Under the plan, punters will have to prove they are double vaccinated or that they have tested negative for Covid to enter bars and clubs.

However, the rules don't apply to pubs – which are sometimes open until the early hours of the morning.

And both nightclubs, bars, and pubs around the festive season can be as packed as one another – however, there's a big difference in the restrictions that apply.

Masks to pray, but not to socialise

From December 10, face coverings are compulsory in places of worship.

That means Brits going to church, mosques, synagogues, or any other religious building will have to cover their nose and mouth.

Despite the fact that religious services are generally places for quiet, individual reflection, people will have to wear face coverings from Friday.

But on the other hand, punters will be allowed to party all night long – without masks or social distancing – in crowded nightclub settings.

Go to Christmas parties, but work from home

Boris Johnson has urged companies to go full steam ahead with their Christmas parties under the new rules.

But at the same time, he has told workers to go back to full-time working from home and empty out offices.

The rules have baffled Brits – who don't know why they can't work with colleagues in the daytime but then are allowed to mingle at boozy Xmas bashes in the evening.

No masks when singing – apart from in church

People were quick to notice another conflicting issue with the new Plan B rules.

Brits won't have to wear masks when it is "impractical" – including when singing in choirs.

However, rules also state that people must wear masks when in places of worship.

For many religions, singing is an integral part of worship.

So it's not known how the two rules will work together.

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