As part of the third stage of the lockdown roadmap, hospitality venues will be allowed to welcome customers inside, cinemas will return for the first time since last year, and groups over 30 people will be allowed to assemble outside.
The measures – which are based on the UK’s Covid vaccine rollout – will also give people the freedom to meet indoors, helping the pub sector get back on its feet as visitors amid the hectic weather. of Great Britain continues.
It comes as the latest figures show 35 million people in the UK have now received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine – part of the largest inoculation program the country has ever seen.
The prime minister confirmed that from Monday 17 people will be able to meet indoors in groups of six – or in two separate households.
This means shopping trips will be allowed for groups of six like Primark, New Look, and H&M – provided you follow store guidelines, although queues and social distancing will remain in place.
Changing rooms will also remain largely closed – although this is now at the stores’ discretion, with H&M among those who have reopened their fitting rooms.
Face masks remain mandatory by law – and customers must follow traffic lights and passage systems in stores.
Some retailers may require shoppers to limit the number of people entering their stores at one time, so it’s important to check the rules before entering – these guidelines must be posted at the entrance.
In a statement, the chief medical officers of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales said: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Center and in light of the most recent data, the doctors in UK chief and NHS England national medical director agree that UK alert level should be reduced from level 4 to level 3.
“Thanks to the UK public’s efforts on social distancing and the impact we are starting to see from the vaccination program, the number of cases, deaths and pressures in hospitals of Covid have steadily declined.
“However, Covid is still circulating with people catching and spreading the virus every day, so we all need to continue to be vigilant.
“This remains a major pandemic globally.
“It is very important that we all continue to follow the guidelines closely and that everyone receives both doses of the vaccine when offered.”
What are the fines for breaking the Covid rules?
The Home Office has given police an additional £ 30million to pay for Covid patrols in England and Wales and fines are on the rise.
Police chiefs usually follow a system called “the four es” before fining rule breakers:
- Engage with people to ask them why they seem to be breaking the rules
- Explain the law with emphasis on the risks to public health and the NHS
- Encourage them to change their behavior
- The fourth “E” is “Apply” by issuing penalty notices, as a last resort.
If you break coronavirus regulations, you could get a fixed penalty notice, the Covid equivalent of a traffic violation like speeding.
In England and Northern Ireland, fines start at £ 200. Fines start at £ 60 in Wales and Scotland, although they are reduced to £ 30 if paid within 28 days.
Large parties can also be shut down by the police – with fines of up to £ 10,000.
In extreme circumstances, you could be sued and face an even greater fine from a court.
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