Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled new Covid rules designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus after a sudden surge in the number of positive cases.
The most important rule is that gatherings of people from mixed households are now limited to no more than six people.
Everything changed in England over the past week when a new 10 p.m. curfew was introduced for bars and restaurants – and it became mandatory for retail workers to wear face coverings when working indoors.
But the rule changes don’t stop there reports the mirror.
Starting tomorrow, the laws for weddings, funerals, and baptisms will change, which will limit the number of people who can attend.
- 1 Weddings and funerals
- 2 The baptism must be reduced to six people
- 3 People who are unable to self-isolate face massive fines
- 4 Companies violating Covid rules will also be fined £ 10,000
- 5 Pubs and restaurants have to close at 10 p.m.
- 6 Retail and pub staff must wear face covers
- 7 Masks are also needed in taxis
- 8 Stricter penalties for people who violate mask rules
- 9 The police can rely on the support of the army
- 10 People said to work from home if you can.
- 11 Indoor 5-a-side football prohibited
- 12 But you can still meet your parents
- 13 How long do the new rules last?
- 14 Does this apply to the whole of the UK?
Here are the rule changes starting Monday September 28th
Weddings and funerals
The government put stricter restrictions in place this week and from tomorrow only 15 people will be allowed to attend a wedding, cut from 30.
The instructions state that ceremonies and receptions with 15 guests must take place in safe locations in Covid.
They are forbidden to live in a private house or garden – where only up to 6 people are allowed to gather according to the “rules of the six” laws.
The funeral is excluded from the new instructions. 30 guests are allowed to participate.
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.
People who are unable to self-isolate face massive fines
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.
Companies violating Covid rules will also be fined £ 10,000
These now also apply to companies that violate 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.
Rules in effect since Thursday, September 24th
Pubs and restaurants have to close at 10 p.m.
Pubs, bars and restaurants in England must now close by 10 p.m. to prevent alcohol-related social distancing violations.
The hospitality sector will be limited by law to table service.
Table reservations for more than six people are not permitted and people cannot chat. This applies both indoors and outdoors – that is, no crowds are drinking outside of the pubs.
The hospitality industry says it could destroy struggling pubs and wondered if people would drink before 10 p.m. and then keep drinking alcohol at their friends’ homes.
It also includes food stalls, but only if you go to a kebab shop or restaurant in person.
Deliveries can continue outside of the opening times between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Retail and pub staff must wear face covers
Employees and customers of all indoor restaurants – such as pubs and restaurants – must by law wear masks.
Punters can remove their face coverings when they are at a table to eat or drink.
Masks are also needed in taxis
Face covering is also mandatory for passengers in taxis and private rental cars.
Stricter penalties for people who violate mask rules
The fine for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six doubles to £ 200 for a first offense.
The police can rely on the support of the army
Mr Johnson said he would not hesitate to use the army to give police time to enforce Covid-19 rules.
However, the Prime Minister’s spokesman made it clear that the military will only assist the police with guard duties and office roles so that officers can be on the street.
People said to work from home if you can.
The government has turned its drive to get millions of people back into work on its head.
Office workers who can work from home are now encouraged to do so.
Key workers should continue to go to work, and people in key public sector roles such as workers handling passports and driver’s license applications should continue to go to work in a Covid-safe manner.
Employees in industries such as construction and retail should continue to work.
The bosses must discuss the move with workers if they have concerns about returning to work.
These new rules are not a change in the law.
Indoor 5-a-side football prohibited
The “rule of six” is extended to all indoor team sports for adults, e.g. B. on 5-on-5 soccer games.
Mr Johnson said it was time to “tighten” the rules banning gatherings of more than six people.
This suggests that fitness classes may still be exempt.
Children’s sports are still allowed and larger groups can play outside if they play in formal leagues.
Plans to bring back live sports for viewers starting October 1 have also been postponed.
Amateur performing arts and choirs will no longer be exempt from the rules, confirmed Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden.
But you can still meet your parents
You can still meet your family and friends as long as you follow the “Rule of Six”.
Gatherings of several households are allowed indoors and outdoors – as long as no more than six people are present.
Unless you are among the 13.7 million people living under a local lockdown, including in Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool. In this case it is more or less forbidden to meet people from other households.
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?
The Prime Minister issued a grim message that these measures could be in place for up to six months unless significant progress is made in finding a coronavirus vaccine.
And he indicated further restrictions if necessary.
“I must stress that we reserve the right to use larger firepower with far greater restrictions if all our actions do not bring the R below one,” he warned MPs.
Does this apply to the whole of the UK?
No, these measures are specific to England.
Each country has restrictions on dining options, but they are not exactly the same. In Wales, for example, supermarkets and off-licenses are prohibited from selling alcohol after 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.