A number of new coronavirus restrictions will be rolled out this week as the country battles to contain a second coronavirus wave.
Most of the population will be affected one way or another after the UK government curbed the country from three to four following an escalation in the country’s alert, meaning the virus has spread rapidly.
From the closing times for pubs and bars at 10 p.m. to stricter mask rules, the rules become stricter again with increasing infections, reports MirrorOnline.
Here are the new rules to follow in England.
New restrictions will take effect on Monday, September 28th
Fewer guests can attend weddings
Ceremonies can be attended by a maximum of 15 people, including the bride and groom. According to the instructions, ceremonies and receptions must take place in safe locations in Covid.
You are banned from a private house or garden – where only up to six people are allowed to gather according to the “rules of the six” laws.
The 15 person limit includes the couple, witnesses, and guests, but does not include working people such as a priest or celebrant.
Singing, singing and playing instruments can be done by the performers but not by the community. Dancing is not allowed.
Funerals can be held with 30 mourners
Funerals are excluded from the new guidelines.
Mourners should follow social distancing guidelines and apply rules for singing and singing.
The baptism must be reduced to six people
The new rules limit baptisms and christenings to just six people – including the baby.
The difference between this number and the larger limit for burials is in accommodating certain religious concerns.
Massive fines for ignoring guidelines
Anyone who breaches the self-isolating order can face fines of up to £ 10,000.
The new legal obligation applies if you test positive for coronavirus due to close contact with an infected person or need to be isolated by testing and tracking teams.
Vacationers who violate the 14 day quarantine rules face a £ 10,000 fine. Fines start at £ 1,000 and go up to £ 10,000 for repeat offenders and the most obvious rule violations.
Fines for companies that violate the Covid rules
Restaurants are legally obliged to collect track and trace data from customers. If employees don’t enforce social distancing rules or allow groups of more than six people, they can also be fined.
The local councils have been given the power to close down venues that are clearly in violation of the rules.
Curfews in the hotel industry
The new closing times for hospitality at 10 p.m. also apply to leisure, entertainment and tourism companies such as casinos and bingo halls from Monday.
However, theaters and cinemas are excluded if their performances take place after 10 p.m.
Family gatherings are allowed under the rule of six.
You can still meet your family and friends as long as you keep the “rule of six” – and it can’t be in a public place, but in a private household or garden as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and part of the Black Country lockdown.
Household bubbles are exempt from the rules, as are grandparents and child minders who look after children under the age of 14.
Infants are counted according to the rules in England – despite exceptions in Scotland and Wales for children under 12 and 11 respectively.
How long do the new rules last?
Measures could take up to six months if there is no significant progress in finding a coronavirus vaccine.
Further restrictions could be introduced if necessary.
“I must stress that we reserve the right to use more firepower with far greater restrictions if all of our actions do not bring the R below one,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned MPs.
Do the guidelines apply across the UK?
These measures apply specifically to England.
Each country has restrictions on dining options, but they are not exactly the same. In Wales, supermarkets and off-licenses are prohibited from selling alcohol after 10pm. In pubs and bars, customers can have 20 minutes to drink after placing their last orders at 10 p.m.
Northern Ireland has also revealed stricter rules, including a ban on indoor gatherings, followed by Scotland.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also urged Scots to avoid booking trips in the middle of October.