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Revellers celebrating the end of Plan B covid restrictions dressed up as Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, donning masks and shabby hair dos.
Partiers hit Birmingham’s Broad Street at around midnight to celebrate, and Rosies nightclub held a ‘British Icons’ fancy dress event where revellers came in the convincing costumes.
Plan B rules are coming to an end today in England. The restrictions, which were introduced to slow the spread of Omicron, are being scrapped in favour of Plan A.
Last week, the Prime Minister confirmed the end of all Covid Plan B rules -which included mandatory face masks, work from home guidance and use of Covid passes in indoor venues – on Thursday, January 27.
With this in mind, some excited party-goers decided to don Boris masks as an ode to the Prime Minister.
The costumes also may have been a cheeky nod to the country's premier allegedly indulging in several parties at Downing Street when the rest of the country was in lockdown.
Several revellers also wore royal masks with the likes of the Duke of Sussex as well as the late HRH Prince Philip and the Queen.
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Other partygoers wore barmy outfits such as a Tesco Meal Deal receipt, several Freddie Mercury's and a Victoria Sponge cake.
Mandatory use of face masks in shops and public transport across England came to an end as of 00:01 on January 27. Face masks in schools already ended last week on January 20, coinciding with Johnson’s announcement about Plan B.
Though the government no longer mandates face coverings, Johnson urged people to still "think about" wearing a mask when in public environments, particularly in crowded or enclosed spaces.
Other restrictions coming to an end include the need for Covid passes for entry into large venues. However, individual venues have the right to choose whether or not they still want to keep the policy.
Work-from-home guidance has already been axed, with many returning to work over the past week. Restrictions on visiting care homes also due to come to an end, but these are yet to be announced in detail.
Though Plan B has been binned, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that it's not the "finish line", urging people to continue taking protective measures including washing hands, ventilating rooms and self-isolating if positive.
People will still need to self-isolate for at least five full days if they get a positive Covid test. Similarly, anyone travelling abroad will have to take lateral flow tests upon returning – at least until 4am on February 11.
Boris himself has been in a jovial mood of late, if sources are to be believed. The PM has allegedly held or attended parties on several different occasions through lockdown.
The UK is currently waiting with baited breath for a report into the parties to be handed over by senior civil servant Sue Gray.
There have been repeated calls in the commons, mostly from Labour MPs, for the Prime Minister to resign over the scandal, but he says he remains focused on his job.
- Boris Johnson
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