- Boris Johnson has announced new measures to restrict spread of COVID-19 following a recent increase in infections
- The Prime Minister has told office staff to work from home, pubs to close at 10pm and has cut attendance, at weddings, to 15
- He announced that significantly greater restrictions will be imposed if the new measures do not work
The Prime Minister has announced new measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus that could apply in England for up to six months.
The new rules include:
- Encouraging office workers, who can work from home to do so. People in industries such as construction and retail, where home working is not possible, should continue to go to work
- From Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table service only and close at 10pm
- Staff in retail, all taxi users and all hospitality workers and customers must wear a face mask – except when seated at a table to eat or drink
- COVID-secure guidelines will become a legal obligation for businesses in the retail, leisure and tourism sectors. Businesses will face fines or closures for breaches
- Wedding ceremonies and receptions have been reduced from 30 people to 15. Funerals can have 30 attendees at the most
- Attendance at business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not go ahead from 1st October
The Prime Minister also announced the first penalty for not wearing a face mask or breaking the government’s “rule of six” law – which bans most social gatherings of more than six people – will now double to £200.
Boris Johnson said “These rules, these measures, will only work if people comply”.
He also warned that significantly greater restrictions will be imposed if the COVID reproduction R rate does not fall below 1.