Pubs and restaurants ‘could soon close or have entry limits to fight Omicron

Government officials are reportedly planning to add restrictions on numbers and even considering closing pubs and restaurants due to fears about the Omicron coronavirus variant.

According to a government source, the plans have already been drawn up to be imposed over the Christmas period and look set to disrupt New Year parties up and down the country.

The imposing of these rules comes as fears grow over Omicron reaching its peak in January.

Speaking to The Sun, a government source said: “You will be able to see your family at Christmas, but at this rate, you might not be able to do it in a pub.

"As for New Year’s Eve, that is a different story.”

However, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has insisted there are currently “no plans” for any more restriction to come in at the moment following last week's announcement of Plan B.

This also comes after rumours of a ‘Plan C’, following on from last Wednesday's Plan B unveiling which saw work from home guidance being reintroduced.

Plan B also introduced measures on nightclubs and large event venues, which comes into effect tomorrow, to only allow those in with a vaccine passport.

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The vaccine passports themselves are also expected to be changed in the near future with users needing their first two doses and a booster, rather than just the first two injections.

Speaking at the House of Commons yesterday, Health secretary Sajid Javid said: ”Once all adults have had a reasonable chance to get their booster jab, we intend to change this exemption [from showing a lateral flow test for nightclub] to require a booster dose.”

His comments were made as Brits rushed out to get their boosters causing queues up and down the country.

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The NHS is also struggling with a shortage of lateral flow tests, which Mr Javid stated that the government has already found "new arrangements" with several companies including Amazon.

Rumours around Plan C restrictions could see masks in all indoor spaces and vaccine passports for smaller venues, including pubs, according to the Daily Mirror.

A vote will take place today in the Commons to pass the new Covid-19 rules involved in Plan B into law, but it is expected Boris Johnson will see some of his Conservative MPs vote against his plans.

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