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Updates on the Omicron Variant

The Construction Leadership council has updated its guidance on face coverings, in light of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The use of face coverings in response to coronavirus is mandatory in areas of retail open to the public and on public transport, in taxis and private hire vehicles.

Face coverings should also be worn in other crowded and enclosed indoor places where people come into contact with others they don’t normally meet. 

As part of their risk assessment, employers should consider whether to ask workers to wear a face covering. Workers may also choose to wear a face covering where it is not legally required and should be supported to do so.

The use of face coverings and/or PPE is not required in response to coronavirus whilst carrying out construction activities.

Read the latest CLC guidance here.

With effect from 30 November, the UK Government announced additional measures in response to the new Omicron Coronavirus variant.

The main points (applicable in England) include:

  • Face coverings are once again compulsory in shops (including e.g. wholesalers) and on public transport, unless individuals are exempt
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status. Since it is not possible to identify the variant through LFT, notification will be through a ping from NHS Test and Trace.

Information from Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/measures-against-omicron-variant-come-into-effect-30-november-2021

Last updated 30 November 21