This will take effect from 00.01 Friday 17 December.
The guidance will support businesses and workplaces to put in place a range of public health measures that will help keep people safe, including enabling home working for those who are able to do so.
Masks should be worn in all businesses and workplaces, and retail and hospitality businesses should consider reasonable measures to reduce crowding and manage queues.
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging further consequentials to deal with the sudden impact of the Omicron variant. Read the letter here.
A new COVID-19 ‘Living Safely This Winter’ Campaign has been launched. A core element of the campaign is advising the public to do a LFD test before mixing with others, travelling or visiting busy places. A stakeholder toolkit is attached which includes social animations and static images with suggested copy, posters, web banner and email signature assets that can be shared with audiences.