December 1 2021

COVID update


The Government has updated its guidance for COVID measures. 

Please see below for the different rules in your location.


From 1 December, it is now mandatory to wear masks in England (unless you are exempt):

  • in all shops
  • on public transport
  • in communal areas in all education establishments (year 7 and above)
  • A PCR test is now required if returning from abroad, by day 2 following back in England.

If vaccinated, people over 40 in England can now get their booster 6 months after their second dose.


In Scotland, masks must also be worn in shops and on public transport, as well as in pubs and restaurants when not seated.  They must also be worn by school staff and pupils and inside universities.

In Wales, masks are required on public transport and in all public indoor areas apart from pubs and restaurants.

In Northern Ireland, masks are obligatory on public transport and in shops and hospitality venues.



What to do if you need medical help

It's still important to get medical help if you need it, especially if you feel very unwell or think there's something seriously wrong.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

If you need to contact a GP, use the GP surgery's website, use an online service or app, or call the surgery.

For urgent medical help, use the regular NHS 111 online service, or call 111 if you're unable to get help online.

For life-threatening emergencies call 999 for an ambulance.

If you're advised to go to hospital, it's important to go. Keep going to any appointments you usually have, unless you're told not to.


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