Playing loud music in pubs and bars illegal under new Covid rules

Playing loud music in pubs and bars illegal under new Covid rules

As part of the new coronavirus emergency rules, bans on loud music, singing and dancing as well as heavy fines have been imposed for knowingly ignoring orders to self-isolate.

Far-reaching laws and the list of punishments were revealed in legal documents and went into effect on Monday.

The law in England requires people to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus or are contacted by the testing and tracking service, or face fines from £ 1,000 up to £ 10,000 for repeat offenders.

Those who test positive must do so 10 days after symptoms appear, or the test date if they are asymptomatic, while members of their household must isolate for 14 days.

Meanwhile, it emerged that separate laws, which also went into effect on Monday, prohibit pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes from playing music above 85 decibels, although live performances are excluded.

The same rules also state that pub owners or those running other venues such as hotel bars, restaurants, and member clubs must take “all reasonable steps” to stop singing and dancing in groups of six or more on the premises.

Wedding ceremonies and receptions are exempt from the rule.

The self-isolation rules show that there is a £ 4,000 fine for those who are “reckless” for coming into contact with others when they know they should self-isolate.

For example, going to an office or a crowded place knowing that it can put people at risk after being asked to self-isolate.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We know the vast majority of people want to do the right thing.

“What we state is that those who recklessly take risks to the health of their friends, families and communities should expect it to be taken seriously.”

Employees will also have to pay a £ 50 fine for failing to tell their employer to self-isolate.

The rules also prohibit an employer from allowing employees to work in any workplace or location associated with their job while they have to self-isolate.

Employers must not knowingly allow people to go to work knowing they need to self-isolate.

Police will conduct spot checks in “high incidence areas” and in “high-risk groups” based on “local intelligence,” the Department of Health and Welfare said.

Low-income individuals unable to work from home and who have lost income as a result are also eligible for a new test and trace support payment of £ 500, the department added.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman added: “We set out details of the new self-isolation rules a little over a week ago to give people advance notice of the system.

“Obviously, we later finalized the rules and made sure we had all the steps we needed to make contact tracing effective and self-isolation rules to be properly followed.”



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