On Wednesday, the Prime Minister will declare that any gathering of more than six people will be illegal, unless he meets one of a limited list of exemptions.
The Government believes that the implementation of the new lower limit in law will make it easier for the police to identify and disperse illegal gatherings.
Failure to comply with an agent’s efforts to hire, explain and encourage will result in a fine of £ 100.
This amount will double with each new offense up to £ 3,200.
The government, the chief medical officer and the chief scientific adviser have mutually agreed that urgent action is needed after seeing the number of daily positive cases rise to nearly 3,000 recently.
The new rules follow a Zoom roundtable the Prime Minister had with law enforcement last week, in which agents expressed their wish to simplify the rules on social contacts.
The rules will apply across England, to all ages, to gatherings indoors and outdoors, in private homes, outdoor public spaces and places such as pubs and restaurants.
The changes will take effect from Monday and reduce the legal limit for gatherings from 30 currently to six.
Legal exemptions from the six-person rule will apply. These will allow certain gatherings in any number, such as when your household or support bubble is larger than six, or when the gatherings are for work or education.
Other exemptions will also apply, such as weddings, funerals and team sports organized in a Covid Secure manner. The full list of exemptions will be posted on gov.uk before the law changes.
At a press conference on Wednesday, the prime minister is expected to say, “We must act now to stop the spread of the virus. We are therefore simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact – making them easier to understand and to enforce by the police.
“It’s absolutely essential that people now stick to these rules and remember the basics – wash your hands, cover your face, keep space for others, and get tested if you have symptoms.”
The rise in cases in the UK is following a similar pattern to that of other European countries.
Rising infection rates are leading to increased hospitalizations in Spain and France, and deaths in Spain are also increasing.
A new public information campaign will also be launched tomorrow to highlight how anyone can help stop the spread of the virus by remembering to wash their hands, cover their faces and make room.
‘Hands. Face. The Space ‘will be broadcast on TV, radio, in print, out of the home, on social media and on digital signage, with a new video released to show exactly how the coronavirus is spreading throughout the world. inside.
People should spend more time indoors during the winter, the film – produced with the help of scientific experts – encourages audiences to take simple steps to reduce the risk of infection.