FACE mask rules are set to be extended into the New Year as Boris Johnson announced that Xmas is ON – and fights to avoid imposing tougher rules.
Last week emergency laws made face coverings mandatory in shops and on public transport until December 21.
However Whitehall sources have told the Daily Mail they are likely to be in place for another three weeks from that date, giving scientists more time to assess if new variant Omicron is more harmful than other strains. Rules on pre-travel Covid tests and a compulsory ten-day quarantine for anyone who has been in contact with an Omicron case are also expected to be extended.
A decision on whether to extend the measures is expected on December 18.
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