On Tuesday 22nd September, Boris Johnson announced new measures to tackle the rise in Covid-19 cases. So, what are these new restrictions and how will they affect you?
From Thursday 24th September, pubs, bars, and restaurants in England are to shut no later than 22:00 every evening. They will be restricted by law to table service only (except for takeaways) and the Rule of Six is still in effect. It will also be legally required for businesses to take customers’ contact details for Track and Trace and can face a fine of up to £10,000 if they break the Rule of Six, do not enforce social distancing or do not take contact details. As well as customers (except when seated), hospitality staff must now wear masks – the penalty for not wearing one has doubled to £200 for a first offence.
WORKING FROM HOME
Despite advice in July for people “to start to go back to work” and a campaign in August to encourage people back to workplace, the Government have announced that office workers should work from home if possible. The ONS said that on 17th September, 62% of adult workers were commuting to their workplace, compared to only 36% in May.
From Monday 28th September, only 15 people will be able to attend weddings or civil partnerships, in groups of six. The rule for funerals has remained the same at 30 people. On top of this, indoor organised sport cannot exceed groups of six. Larger groups are still able to participate in organised outdoor sports, but not on an informal basis. The planned return of spectators to sports venues from October 1st has been delayed until further notice.