As we enter month seven of the pandemic, the Government has taken action against the rising â€˜Râ€™ rate and introduced new restrictions to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Below we have outlined these new restrictions:
- Office workers are being toldÂ to work from home again if possible
- Penalties for not wearing a mask or gathering in groups of more than six will increase to Â£200 on the first offence
- From today, all pubs, bars and restaurants will be restricted to table service only. Takeaways can continue
- Also,Â 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.