Weird things the Government accidentally banned thanks to Covid-19

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Weird things the Government accidentally banned thanks to Covid-19

Since the end of March tough new laws have been in force across the UK designed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease Covid-19.

The laws have been changed, tweaked, added to and eased since they were brought into force and they have splintered across the UK with different guidance in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The key rules – there are 17 different sets of legislation – banned leaving your home without an excuse and closed all non-essential businesses, schools and travel.

Other rules have made it mandatory to wear face masks in certain locations and have restricted who you can meet when, where and why.

Even weddings, funerals and baptisms as well as other religious services have been virtually banned.

The latest rules have put an end to carveries and all you can eat buffets.

But while most of the rules seem to make sense – usually – some of the unintended consequences are just strange.

These are some of the odd things the Government ‘accidentally’ banned with its coronavirus legislation and guidance.

Sex

In and of itself sex doesn’t spread coronavirus, so far as scientists are aware, although enhanced hygiene is recommended.

But the UK Government rules on meetings between households actually imposed a ban on sex with anyone you don’t live with.

At the end of March, it became against the law to enter the home of anyone you don’t live with – for any period of time.

Hotels were also closed, and you weren’t even allowed to meet with friends and relatives outside.

As a result, couples who don’t live together were banned from having sex. Even when the rules were eased you weren’t allowed to go into someone’s home until ‘support bubbles’ were introduced at the end of June.

Only from the start of July will you be allowed to sleep at someone’s house.

Singing, or playing the trumpet

Even as churches prepare to reopen, and weddings are set to go ahead, singing remains banned.

You aren’t allowed to raise your voice in public – that includes singing and shouting – or play wind instruments.

Other instruments may be fine, although public performances aren’t supposed to go ahead, and you have to stay quiet enough that people don’t need to raise their voices to be heard over you.

Chanting is also banned, in case you were planning on it.

Decent TV in pubs

Pubs across England will reopen from July 4 – and the legislation does not prohibit TVs showing broadcast programing.

But the rules do specifically ban showing anything that will encourage people to shout or raise their voices.

So there must be nothing exciting on, and again the volume has to be kept off or low so people don’t need to raise their voices to be heard when they talk.

The same goes for music, it must be kept quiet, it can’t be live in the venue and it shouldn’t encourage people to sing along.

Bumping into a mate in the pub if you’re with another friend

Pubs, cafes, restaurants and hairdressers are reopening – but there are strict (if confusing) rules over who you can meet in the pub.

If you’re drinking or eating inside you can only do so with people from up to one other household – so no going with mates who live at different addresses.

If you’re drinking outside you can meet in groups of up to six people from any number of households.

Technically the rules seem to say if you go to a pub with a mate, then you bump into another friend from a different address to either of you, you can’t be together.

And if six of you are in a mixed group of households outside and it starts to rain – when you go inside you will need to disperse.

Clear?

The rules currently state gatherings should be no more than 30 people – although the Government says it is setting out exceptional circumstances in law, which will allow pubs to have more than 30 people in when they reopen.

Driving with your dog in the car

When the rules first came into force, there was serious confusion over the exercise guidelines.

The Government said you could leave your home once a day for exercise – which included being able to walk your dog.

But it wasn’t clear whether the exercise had to start from your front door, or whether you could drive somewhere to exercise.

Some police forces sent people home, issued fines, launched drones or handed out advice and leaflets for anyone who drove somewhere to exercise or exercise their dog.

So without a ‘reasonable excuse’ the law was cracking down on anyone driving with a dog in their car.

Vets were still allowed to offer face to face meetings in an emergency that couldn’t be handled over the phone.

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