New COVID-19 Restrictions

New COVID-19 Restrictions

Following public health advice, the government has agreed a range of measures aimed at interrupting the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

These measures include:

  • everyone should revert to working from home unless it is necessary to attend the workplace in person
  • Household close contacts who are fully vaccinated and showing no symptoms should now restrict their movements until they have 3 negative antigen test results within 5 days.
  • you will need COVID-19 passes (based on vaccination or recovery) for cinemas and theatres
  • closing times for all on-licensed premises (except for guests staying in hotels) will move to midnight with all customers vacated from the premises by that time

Working from home

Engagement has taken place with employers and trade unions, through the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF), on updating guidance on working from home unless necessary to attend in person, as well as strengthening communication on protective measures, as outlined in the Work Safely Protocol, for those who continue to attend workplaces. The Work Safely Protocol was most recently updated on 21 October 2021.

There will be no change in current arrangements for student attendance and on-site activities in school, further and higher education institutions in line with COVID response plans for those sectors.

Read the Government’s “Statement on COVID-19 public health measures – 16 November 2021” in full: