Face masks are once again a legal requirement in all shops in England beginning tomorrow.

This comes as cases of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 rise across the UK.

Just this morning Scotland identified six more cases of the new strain of the virus, bringing the UK total to nine so far.

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed that face coverings will be once again be made compulsory in shops, as well as on public transport, from tomorrow (Tuesday, 30 November 2021).

This marks the first time that face masks have been a legal requirement in retail settings since the July 19 ‘Freedom Day’ that was brought in across England by the UK Government.

There have also been changes to the self-isolation rules for suspected contacts of Omicron cases only, as well as alterations to the rules for international arrivals to the UK who must now once again take a PCR test on entering the country.

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is thought to have originated in South Africa. Early signs suggest that while the symptoms of the variant may be less severe, it may also be more transmissible and may be unaffected by the vaccine.

The devolved nations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are yet to introduce new measures aimed specifically at tackling the Omicron virus in retail settings.

Boris Johnson has expressed his opinion that Christmas this year will see significantly fewer restrictions than last December.