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Plan B rules phased out in England Published Date: 27/01/2022

Face coverings and Covid passes are no longer legally required in England, after the relaxation of Plan B rules came into effect on Thursday.

But some shops have said they will continue to ask people to wear them including Tesco, Sainsbury's, John Lewis and Morrisons.

The guidance urging people to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces when coming into contact with strangers will still remain.

The Department of Health said the changes followed a review of data last week, including infections, vaccine efficacy, Covid pressures on the NHS, workforce absences, public behaviours, and views from the scientific community.

Mr Javid said: "Our vaccines, testing and antivirals ensure we have some of the strongest defences in Europe and are allowing us to cautiously return to Plan A, restoring more freedoms to this country.

"As we learn to live with Covid, we need to be clear-eyed that this virus is not going away, so if you haven't already, please come forward for your first, second or booster jab."