COVID-19 Business Hub
COVID-19 Business Hub

COVID-19 Business Hub

Latest information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK, the Prime Minister announced on Wednesday 8 December that England will move to Plan B of the Winter Plan. This means:

  • Face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings
  • Office workers who can work from home should do so
  • From 15 December certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors - meeting outdoors is safer
  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Get tested and self-isolate of required
  • If you haven’t already, get vaccinated


To support businesses through the autumn and winter period, Working Safely guidance will continue to provide advice on sensible precautions employers can take to manage risk in their workplace. Businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.


Businesses should use Working Safely guidance to consider the risk within your premises and decide which mitigations are appropriate to adopt. We will continue to keep our guidance under review and will remove advice once it’s safe to do so.


Latest Statement from LA7 Leaders

Directors of public health at the seven North East councils have released a joint statement urging people to “remain cautious in order to continue to slow infection rates and ensure they remain low” and keep following the guidance after the lifting of Plan B measures.


Latest information and announcements

We would advise all partners to regularly check this website and the VisitBritain and Government business support web pages, all of which are being continually updated with the latest advice and information for all tourism businesses.


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Latest announcements:

20 January


  • The Prime Minister announced yesterday (19 January) that all Plan B restrictions in England will be lifted on 27 January. As of now, the government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can and face coverings will no longer be advised in classrooms for both staff and pupils.

17 January


13 January


  • From Monday 17 January, people in England who test positive will be able to leave self-isolation after a further five full days, subject to having two negative Lateral Flow Test results, 24 hours apart.
  • The guidance for Hotels and Guest accommodation has been updated to include changes on testing and self-isolation and international travel. Changes to sections on 'people who need to self-isolate', and 'guests who are quarantining after international travel'.

11 January


9 January


  • From 4am on 9 January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated, you can take either a rapid lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving in England. If you have a positive result on the rapid lateral flow test, you must take a PCR test.

7 January


  • From 4am on 7 January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated or are under 18, you do not need to take a PCR test before you travel to England or self-isolate when you arrive.

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