BORIS Johnson saved New Year's Eve for millions of Brits after he confirmed NO new lockdown rules will be in place before January 1.
But Downing Street urged people to "remain cautious" ahead of the big night – with advice including take a lateral flow, celebrate outside or in a well-ventilated room and get jabbed if they haven't already.
Other rules currently in place across the UK include working from home when possible – and always wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces.
The decision to have a rule-free New Year's Eve was backed by a string of hugely positive studies which show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.
Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.
The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.
Here, we break down every piece of guidance Brits should follow as they welcome in 2022.
Get jabbed now
Health Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday announced there would be no new lockdown rules ahead of January 1.
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But he urged Brits to get jabbed ahead of mingling in New Year's Eve parties – saying it's"never been more easy" to get the vaccination.
He said: "While there is still a lot of uncertainty around this new variant, we do know that our very best form of defence is vaccination.
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"Sadly when we look at the latest hospital admissions, a disproportionate number of those people are unvaccinated, and when you look at those requiring the most intensive care, even more are unvaccinated.
"We know that two vaccines aren't quite enough, but having three doses is excellent protection.
"The NHS has done an excellent job working with the military, with volunteers in offering more and more vaccinations across the country.
"Over 30 million people boosted, 75 per cent of eligible adults now boosted.
"That's more than any other country in Europe – but we still need more people to come forward."
The Health Secretary said its "never been more easy" to get jabbed, as he urged Brits to "come forward, protect yourselves, protect your loved ones and protect your community".
And he urged: "Take a lateral flow test if that makes sense, celebrate outside if you can, have some ventilation if you can.
"Please remain cautious and when we get into the new year, of course, we will see then whether we do need to take any further measures, but nothing more until then, at least."
Thousands of Brits came out over the festive period to have their vaccines and booster shots.
There were more than 12,000 reported vaccinations on Christmas Day, including more than 10,000 top-up doses, and 24,078 on Boxing Day, including 20,278 top-ups.
Celebrate outside – or in a well-ventilated room
Health minister Gillian Keegan today urged revellers to celebrate "cautiously" and "outside" even though there are NO new lockdown rules being enforced.
Ms Keegan, Minister of State for Care and Mental Health, told party-ready Brits that Downing Street "won't hesitate to act" if the spread of Omicron causes hospitalisation numbers to soar.
She urged Brits to hold gatherings outdoors or in "well-ventilated areas".
Ms Keegan told Sky News: "We've always said act cautiously since this new variant came amongst us and is highly infectious.
"Many people will know somebody who has caught this over the Christmas period.
"So do be cautious. Take a lateral flow test before you go out. Go to well-ventilated areas. I've been to a couple of outdoor parties actually.
"People have moved things to outside so just be cautious. But you know, do try to enjoy yourself as well. But cautiously."
Her warnings echoed that of the Health Secretary.
Mr Javid stressed Brits should "remain cautious", take a lateral flow and celebrate outside or in a well-ventilated room.
Take a lateral flow test before parties
Ms Keegan also told Brits to take a Covid test before welcoming in the new year with friends and family.
She advised eager revellers to take a test "before you go out" in a bid to avoid a spike in Omicron cases as thousands plan to gather for celebrations.
Isolate if you test positive
Those who test positive for Covid-19 must isolate at home for ten days following the start of symptoms or a positive test result.
But just last week, this number was slashed to seven days in order to save Christmas gatherings and limit damage to the economy.
Ministers have announced that people need two negative lateral flow tests – the first on day six and the second 24 hours later – in order to leave quarantine.
But they will be urged to limit contact, wear face masks in public and work from home if they can.
Isolate if you live with someone who tested positive – if you need to
If you live in the same house as someone who has tested positive, you need to isolate too, unless you are fully vaccinated, under 18, part of a vaccine trial or are legally exempt from getting a jab.
Fully vaccinated means two doses of the jab.
Work from home where possible
Earlier this month, Boris Johnson re-introduced working from home for all Brits who are able to.
People can still go to work if working from home is not possible, such as NHS staff, bar workers or shopkeepers.
Those who do leave home for work must take regular lateral flow tests.
Wear your mask
Face coverings also become mandatory again in most indoor settings.
This includes on all public transport, in supermarkets and in beauty salons.
Settings that are exempt from face coverings include:
- Restaurants, cafés and canteens
- Bars and shisha bars
- Gyms and exercise facilities
- Photography studios
- Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques
Make sure you have a Covid pass
And all nightclubs, unseated indoor events with more than 500 people, outdoor events with more than 4,000 unseated people and any events with 10,000 people must now ask for an NHS Covid pass or proof of negative test on admission.
The passes verify that Brits are fully jabbed.
They can be accessed on the NHS app, website or in a letter obtained by calling 119.
Say at home if you feel poorly
Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should stay at home and self isolate.
The main Covid-19 symptoms are:
- A new continuous cough
- A high temperature
- A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Wash your hands and sanitise regularly
Government guidance urges Brits to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day to reduce the risk of catching Covid.
This is especially important after coughing or sneezing, before eating and after coming into contact with surfaces touched by others.
People should also avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth where possible.
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