Omicron Pushes U.K. to Stay Home Even Without a Government Lockdown – The Wall Street Journal

January 14, 2022
LONDON—First his staff began testing positive. Then came a wave of cancellations as the new Omicron variant ripped through the British capital. By the following week, Alex Thorp decided to cut his losses and close his wine bar, 161 Kirkdale, early for Christmas, switching the business back into lockdown mode.
“At this point it’s basically a lockdown anyway,” said Mr. Thorp, who has reverted to home deliveries and takeaway meals—a blueprint he developed during earlier rounds of restrictions.
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