The government made public gatherings of more than 30 people illegal for the first time before restrictions on coronaviruses were lifted again this weekend.
Downing Street said new coronavirus regulations, which take effect July 4, will limit gatherings at home and in outdoor spaces that are not considered safe for COVID-19.
The health protection regulations were signed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday morning and were released later in the afternoon.
Police will be allowed to apply the new cap on rallies. However, pubs and restaurants with a large indoor capacity will be exempt from the new ceiling on social gatherings.
The news comes before the lockout restrictions are eased as pubs prepare to reopen from Saturday – which was originally scheduled just after midnight.
But a few hours later, the government changed the law to prevent the pubs from reopening until 6 a.m. on Saturday.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson said, “What they are doing is setting the limit of 30 people for gatherings in private homes and outdoor spaces where they are not in a COVID secure environment 19.
“The regulations also maintain a list of rooms that must remain closed, which includes discos, nail bars and lounges, indoor play areas, gymnasiums, conference centers and exhibit halls.
“These regulations mainly come into force at 12:01 am on Saturday July 4. The reopening of pubs and bars specifically comes into effect at 6 a.m. It would be fair if someone tried to open at midnight. ”
The two-household rule for indoor or outdoor meetings will remain in place, but Downing Street said a limit of 30 people would be legislated to prevent mass gatherings.
“The reason the number is set at 30 is that we have to legislate a number, that is, give the police the powers they need to break up a rave or other large gathering that is clearly irresponsible and contrary to the rules of social distancing, “added the spokesman for the Prime Minister.
Legal commentators criticized the process after the law was released a few hours before it came into force without a debate on changing the law.
Human rights lawyer Adam Wagner tweeted: “It is utterly ridiculous and irresponsible for such complex new criminal laws to be published by Coronavirus Regulationcadabra hours before their entry into force for the whole of ‘England, tens of millions of people. “
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