On the 30 November 2021 the UK Government introduced new temporary and precautionary measures in England following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK. The latest DCMS Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus Bulletin summarises these as follows:
- Face coverings will be made compulsory in shops and on public transport in England from Tuesday 30 November.
- Face coverings will be mandatory in museum shops in England.
- They will not be mandatory in other parts of museums in England, and all hospitality settings will be exempt.
- All international arrivals must take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
- All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
- The measures are precautionary, and will be reviewed in three weeks
These new measures will have an impact on the way in which industrial heritage sites operate over the winter months, although they are due to be reviewed in three weeks time. For more details follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-takes-decisive-action-against-new-covid-19-variant
Read the full DCMS bulletin here – Coronavirus bulletin 20211129.
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