Government updates Covid rules – but won't say what has changed

The government updated coronavirus rules and guidelines for England upon lockdown but refused to say what has changed.

The latest guide on what to and can’t do in England has been added Government website on January 4th – when England fell into a new tough national lockdown.

The rules were updated yesterday, January 13th, as the page shows. They were last updated on January 5th and 6th when the rules were passed in England.

However, the government refused to say what has now been changed.

It is speculated that the rules could be tightened to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The rules already mean that all non-essential retail stores as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes will be closed.

You are not allowed to meet anyone outside of your household, you can exercise once a day, and you should work from home.

Scotland introduced stricter rules yesterday – including a ban on drinking alcohol outside and a ban on going inside to pick up or click and collect food stalls.

There are fears that the rules could be improved in England – changes to support bubbles, exercises and take-away rules are expected.

When asked what changes to the rules and guidelines this week, a cabinet spokesman said, “Our guidelines pages are updated regularly to ensure that the rules and advice are explained as clearly as possible.

“However, we don’t provide ongoing commentary for every update.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said today there will be no changes to social distancing rules “today or tomorrow”.

But it also caused confusion in the practice rules.

The current instructions make it clear that in England someone is allowed to exercise outdoors with another person from another household.

When asked if the rules were clear, Ms. Patel told ITV’s This Morning, “The clarity is on your own and not on socializing.”

She added, “The point to be doing in any exercise – yes, it should be local, people train differently.

“But train alone and don’t use it for a social meeting.”

She said, “Cycling is fine because you are alone, you shouldn’t ride with other cyclists.”

Ms. Patel continued: “Running, just like that because you are alone and you are walking alone.”

The government’s guidelines state that people with their household or support bubble can exercise alone outdoors in a childcare bubble that offers childcare or, if they are alone, with someone from another household.

It is the second time this week that Ms. Patel has misunderstood the rules.

Speaking at a press conference on Downing Street, she said that “outdoor recreation” was allowed in “restricted and limited ways” – although it was prohibited during the lockdown.

Aides said she spelled wrong and wanted to say exercise rather than rest.

That morning, she said runners were not required to wear a mask after being shown footage of a Covid Marshal stopping a jogger because of difficult breathing.

“We are aware of the rules that you can train every day, but you cannot make contacts,” she said.

“You can’t run and wear a mask, it’s not practical and it doesn’t make sense.”

The Home Secretary again defended Boris Johnson’s bike ride seven miles from Downing Street in the Olympic Park in east London.

“When you’re in any of the London boroughs, London neighborhoods are great places for biking and walking,” she said.

But when it was indicated that Mr Johnson had left Westminster, Ms. Patel said, “London is a large geographic area in terms of cycling – five miles, ten miles – a lot of people travel great distances and that is normal for them.”


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