Plan B | Statement from Stefan Gurney

Our Executive Director, Stefan Gurney, reacts to the news of Plan B. 

With Plan B 
in place, our Norwich businesses continue to stay open - and they need our support. Keeping staff and customers safe is paramount, and public health will always be top priority; but making the most of all the city has to offer - sensibly and safely - will help our shops, restaurants, and venues stay trading. We must be clear that Plan B restrictions are not lockdown; people can still come into Norwich and support businesses who have been working so hard to recover from the challenges of the past year.

We know how important Christmas is to the city - especially at the moment. Our message is to follow guidance: wearing a mask, regularly testing, getting vaccinations and boosters, and keeping space, so we can help show our local businesses how much they mean to us. And if plans change, remember to cancel tables, or consider buying gift vouchers instead!

We will be asking Govt to repurpose the Additional Restrictions Grant as it has a residual across England and Wales which must be spent by end of March 2022. We want support for city centre businesses in the leisure, hospitality, and retail sector by repurposing the ARG directive to assist now given the impact Plan B will have consumer confidence and trade.

To our Norwich businesses - the BID team is here to support you if you need us. If you're looking for advice, additional information, or simply want to share your experience, then please do get in touch.


Plan B in Brief

England has now moved to Plan B, in response to the risks of Omicron variant. New guidance now applies:

  • From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings, other than hospitality venues.
  • From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.
  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

Self Isolation
If you’re a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant, you must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your age, vaccination status or any negative test results. 

View all the current government guidance online.

Visit our Covid-19 Resources Page.