Key Covid rules have changed in England - here's what you can and can't do from today

Person receives a Covid-19 vaccination
Person receives a Covid-19 vaccination
Kirsty O'Connor
Gareth Milner

By Gareth Milner

Published: 27/01/2022

- 00:00

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 11:56

Here we have a look at what Brits can and can't do as coronavirus rules are lifted.

Key Covid rule changes came into force in England from today.

Rules such as working from home stopped last week.

PM Boris Johnson last week told the Commons that Covid cases and hospitalisations are falling and "our scientists believe it is likely the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally".

He announced: "Because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire.

"We will set out our long-term strategy for living with Covid 19, explaining how we hope and intend to protect our liberty and avoid restrictions in future by relying instead on medical advances – especially the vaccines which have already saved so many lives.

"But to make that possible, we must all remain cautious during these last weeks of winter."

Here we have a look at what Brits can and can't do as coronavirus rules are lifted.


Measures on wearing masks in public places in England have been dropped from today.

However Brits are still encouraged to continue wearing them in busy areas or on public transport.

Residents in London travelling on Transport for London services will still have to wear face coverings.


Brits no longer have to present proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter large venues such as nightclubs and football grounds.

All domestic uses of vaccine passports are ditched from today.


All Covid tests for vaccinated travelers will be ditched from 4am on February 11.

Grant Shapps has said that arrivals in the UK will only need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form provided that they have had both vaccines.

He said: "From 4am on February 11, and in time for the half-term break, eligible, fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK will no longer have to take a post-arrival lateral flow test.

"That means after months of pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing, self-isolation and additional expense, all that fully vaccinaated people will have to do when they travel to the UK is to verify their status via Passenger Locator Form.

"We are therefore scrapping all travel tests for vaccinated people, not only making travel much easier, but also saving about £100 per family on visits abroad."


Government guidance says every care home resident can have up to three visitors for regular visits.

However this is expected to be relaxed soon to allow residents to have more visitors.


Isolation rules are going to expire on March 24, which means that people who have Covid are not legally obliged to isolate.

Currently everyone who tests positive for Covid must quarantine at home for at least five full days.

Meanwhile unvaccinated people who are close contacts of infected people must go into quarantine for 10 days.


Brits were told to start going back to the offices on Friday January 21.

People were asked to return to remote working on December 8 in an attempt to help control the spread of Omicron.

The Government says that "high levels of home working have played a very important role in preventing sustained epidemic growth".

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