On 14 September 2021, UK Prime Minister Johnson outlined a "Plan B" to manage COVID if "a range of metrics and indicators mean the NHS is at risk of becoming overwhelmed."
According to Prime Minister Johnson, Plan B would include at least the following:
- Introducing mandatory vaccine only Covid status certification in certain, riskier settings. (i.e., vaccine passport)
- Legally mandating face coverings in certain settings, such as public transport and shops.
- Communicating clearly and urgently to the public if the risk level increases.
Plan B might also include the UK Government asking people to work from home if they can do so.
Media reports indicate there might also be a “Plan C” in the works in the event that the UK NHS comes under extreme pressure and the measures of Plan B are insufficient to relieve this pressure. Such a plan reportedly might include a ban on inter-household mixing.
Will implementation of measures more severe than those in “Plan B” be announced in the UK before 1 February 2022?
This will resolve positively if the UK Government announces, before 1 February 2022, that COVID measures more stringent than those in "Plan B" will be implemented in all of the UK. For the purposes of this question, this should include at least two additional measures — for instance, a ban on inter-household mixing and closing of pubs.
Also see this question on whether "Plan B" measures will be announced.
Asking people to work from home would not count as one of the two additional measures, since this might fall under Plan B.
Clarification added 12 December: Note that many of the components more severe than those of "Plan B" may already be in effect in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland before the UK announces measures for England, or vice versa. For positive resolution, measures more stringent than those in "Plan B" would have to have been announced in all of the UK — for instance, through multiple announcements. This question resolves as the date that of the last announcement that makes it so that stringent measures have been announced everywhere in the UK.