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Walk-In Vaccination Centres in Sussex
For people who are still to receive their Covid vaccination, the Sussex Health and Care Partnership have set up a number of walk-in centres at various locations throughout the county. For further details please see here.

Plan B Covid Restrictions To End on 27th January
A reminder that with effect from Thursday 27th January, the government’s Plan B Covid restrictions will end, as a result of which: –

  • Face coverings will no longer be mandatory in any settings – although the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. The London Mayor has stated that face coverings remain mandatory for travel on TfL services including the Tube
  • Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events will no longer be mandatory, though organisations can choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wish

The requirement for people to work from home where possible was removed a week ago.

The prime minister announced last week that the government intended to end the legal requirement for people who test positive for Covid to self-isolate – and replace it with advice and guidance. The current regulations around self-isolation expire on 24 March. Mr Johnson said he expected not to renew them then – and suggested that date could be brought forward if the data allows.

Travel Restrictions Removed From 11th February
From 04:00 GMT on 11th February, fully vaccinated travellers (who have had two doses) and under-18s will no longer need to take any Covid tests either before returning to or following arrival in England or Scotland.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival, or take a test on day eight. However, they will still have to show proof of a negative Covid test taken two days before they travel, and they must still take a post-arrival PCR test.

All passengers will still need to fill in a passenger locator form which will be simplified, confirming their vaccination status, travel history and contact details, and people will have an extra day to fill it out before travelling.

Vaccinations from 16 more countries – including China and Mexico – would be recognised, meaning that vaccinated people from 118 nations would be able to enter England.
From 3 February, children aged 12-15 in England will be able to prove their vaccination status or proof of prior infection via a digital NHS COVID Pass for outbound travel.