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COVID-19: What are the new coronavirus restrictions?

24 Sep 2020by lindseyh

As we enter month seven of the pandemic, the Government has taken action against the rising ‘R’ rate and introduced new restrictions to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Below we have outlined these new restrictions:

  • Office workers are being told to work from home again if possible
  • Penalties for not wearing a mask or gathering in groups of more than six will increase to £200 on the first offence
  • From today, all pubs, bars and restaurants will be restricted to table service only. Takeaways can continue
  • Also, hospitality venues must close at 22:00
  • Exemptions to the “rule of six” will be cut back from today, meaning indoor team sports such as five-a-side football matches will end
  • Face coverings must be worn by taxi drivers and passengers
  • Retail staff and customers in indoor hospitality venues will also have to wear masks from today, except when seated at a table to eat or drink

There are more restrictions being introduced from Monday 28 September:

  • Only 15 people will be able to attend weddings and civil partnerships, in groups of six
  • Funerals can still take place with up to 30 people
  • You can only play indoor sports in groups of less than six
  • The planned return of spectators to sports venues will now not go ahead from 1 October.

Please continue to follow the existing advice of washing your hands, covering your face and making space to minimise your risk of catching and/or spreading the virus.

For more information on the new guidance, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus, and for health advice visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.

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