Coronavirus rule changes: what you can and cannot do in England from tomorrow


A slew of new coronavirus restrictions come into effect after Boris Johnson warned the country faces a “perilous turning point” in its battle against the virus.From 10 p.m. pub and bar closure to stricter mask rules, the rules are getting tougher again as infections soar.

The Prime Minister decided to crack down on daily life again after the UK’s alert level dropped from 3 to 4, meaning the virus was spreading rapidly again.

As of Thursday, 6,634 cases of the coronavirus were recorded in the UK – the highest total in a day since the start of the pandemic.

In a grim televised speech on Tuesday, Mr Johnson told the nation to obey the rules or risk tougher lockdown measures.

Boris Johnson introduced a series of new rules to Parliament last week

Here are the new rules you must follow in England.

New restrictions coming into effect on Monday, September 28

Fewer guests can attend weddings

The bride and groom will be limited to just 15 guests, as the maximum number of people at the ceremonies has been reduced.

Weddings of up to 30 people were allowed again in July after the couples were forced to postpone their nuptials in March.

The guidelines state that ceremonies and receptions with 15 guests must take place in Covid secure locations.

They are prohibited from performing in a private home or garden – where only up to 6 people are allowed to congregate under the “rule of six” laws.

Stricter restrictions have been placed on the number of guests at weddings

The limit of 15 people includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but working people, such as a priest or celebrant, are not included.

Singing, singing and playing instruments can be performed by artists but not by the congregation.

Dancing is not allowed.

Funerals can take place with 30 mourners

Funerals are exempt from the new focus, with 30 guests allowed to attend.

Grievers should follow social distancing guidelines and the rules for singing and singing apply.

But baptisms must be reduced to six people

The new rules limit baptisms and christenings to just six people – including the baby.

The difference between this figure and the broader funeral limit is believed to reflect some religious concerns.

People who fail to self-isolate face massive fines

Those who ignore orders to self-isolate face fines of up to £ 10,000.

The new legal obligation applies if you test positive for the coronavirus or are ordered to isolate by testing and tracing teams due to close contact with an infected person.

Holidaymakers who disobey the 14-day quarantine rules will also face fines of £ 10,000.

Fines will start at £ 1,000 and increase to £ 10,000 for the most egregious repeat offenders and rule breakers.

Companies breaking Covid rules also face fines of £ 10,000

These will now also apply to companies that break Covid rules.

Reception centers are legally required to collect tracking and traceability data from customers.

If staff do not enforce social distancing rules or allow groups of more than six people, they can also be fined.

Local councils have been given the power to shut down places that blatantly break the rules.

People who do not obey self-isolation rules face higher fines

Cinemas and tourism also face curfews

The new 10 p.m. hospitality closing hours also apply to leisure, entertainment and tourism businesses such as casinos and bingo halls from Monday.

However, theaters and cinemas will be exempt if their performances exceed 10 p.m.

Rules in effect since Thursday, September 24

Pubs and restaurants must close at 10 p.m.

Pubs, bars and restaurants in England must now close at 10 p.m. to avoid alcohol-fueled social distancing violations.

The hotel sector will be limited to table service by law.

Table reservations of more than six will not be allowed and people will not be able to mingle. This applies both indoors and outdoors, which means no crowd is drinking outside pubs.

The hospitality industry says it could devastate already struggling pubs and wonders if people drink before 10 p.m. and then continue drinking with friends.

New curfews have been imposed on pubs and restaurants

It also includes take out, but only if you visit a kebab or restaurant in person.

Deliveries can continue after hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Retail and advertising staff must wear masks

Staff and customers at all indoor hospitality venues – such as pubs and restaurants – have been ordered to wear masks by law.

Bettors can remove their face masks when seated at a table to eat or drink.

Masks are also required in the cabins

Face masks are also mandatory for passengers in taxis and private rental cars.

More severe penalties for people who flout the mask rules

The fine for not wearing a mask or breaking the rule of six will be doubled to £ 200 for a first offense.

The police will be able to rely on the support of the army

Mr Johnson has said he would not hesitate to use the military to help free up police time to enforce Covid-19 rules.

But the prime minister’s spokesperson clarified that the military will only help the police with guard duties and office roles, so officers can be on the streets.

People are told to work from home “if you can”

The government has given up on its will to bring millions of people back to the workplace.

Office workers who can work from home are now told to do so.

Key workers should continue to work and people in vital roles in the public sector, such as workers responsible for processing passport and driver’s license applications, should continue to work in a secure manner by Covid.

People who can work from home are advised to do so

Employees in industries such as construction and retail should continue to work.

Bosses should discuss the move with workers if they are concerned about returning to work.

These new rules are not a change that is being written into law.

Indoor 5-a-side football prohibited

The “rule of six” will be extended to apply to all adult indoor team sports, such as five-a-side football matches.

Mr Johnson said the time had come to ‘tighten up’ the rules banning gatherings of more than six people.

This suggests that gymnastic exercise classes can still be exempted.

Children’s sport is still allowed and larger groups can play outdoors if they are in official leagues.

Plans to bring the sport back live to spectators from October 1 have also been shelved.

Performing arts and amateur choirs will no longer be exempt from the rules, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has confirmed.

Five-a-side football is no longer allowed indoors

But you can still meet your parents

You can still meet your family and friends as long as you obey the “rule of six”.

Gatherings of multiple households are allowed indoors and outdoors – as long as there are no more than six people.

Unless, of course, you’re one of the 13.7 million people living under a local lockdown, including Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool – in which case meeting people from other households is more or less off limits.

Domestic bubbles are exempt from the rules, as are grandparents and childminders who take care of children under 14.

Young children are counted according to the rules in England – despite exemptions in Scotland and Wales for children under 12 and 11 respectively.

How long will the new rules last?

Boris Johnson has made it clear that further restrictions may be needed if infections continue to rise

The Prime Minister issued a grim message that these measures could be in place for up to six months unless significant progress is made in the search for a vaccine against the coronavirus.

And he hinted at other restrictions if needed.

“I must stress that if all our actions fail to bring the R below 1, we reserve the right to deploy more firepower with much more severe restrictions”, he warned the deputies. .

Does this apply to the whole of the UK?

No, these measures apply specifically to England.

Restrictions on venues exist in every country, but are not exactly the same. For example, in Wales supermarkets and unauthorized licenses are prohibited from selling alcohol after 10 p.m.

Northern Ireland also unveiled tougher rules, including a ban on indoor gatherings, followed by Scotland.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon also urged Scots to avoid booking trips during the October semester.


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