The Prime Minister has announced further measures in England to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
From today, Wednesday 23 September, office workers who are able to work from home should do so and the requirement for customers to wear face coverings (such as in shops and on public transport) will be extended to all users of taxis and private hire vehicles.
From Thursday 24 September measures including the following will be introduced:
- pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only, except for takeaways;
- hospitality venues must close at 10pm (which means closing, not last orders). The same will apply to takeaways, although deliveries can continue;
- the requirement to wear face coverings will be extended to include retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink; and
- covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations in retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors.
Furthermore, from Monday 28 September a maximum of 15 people may attend weddings or civil partnerships, while 30 may attend funerals. Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not be reopened from 1 October and the ‘rule of six’ now applies to indoor team sports.
These new measures will be enforced by tighter penalties including Fixed Penalty notices for breaking the Coronavirus rules increasing from £100 to £200.
It is expected the new restrictions will be in place for the next six months.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“It’s essential that we all follow these measures to stop the spread of the virus. The Prime Minister indicated that if COVID-19 cases don’t start to come down, further measures will be imposed. Nobody wants to see that so do the right thing and follow the advice.”