England will face new coronavirus restrictions on Monday after a surge in infections.
Boris Johnson said groups of more than six people would be banned from meetings in what he called the "rule of six".
"I wish we didn't have to take this step, but as your Prime Minister I must do what is necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives," he said.
& # 39; I'll be absolutely clear. This is not another national lockdown, these measures are not. The whole point is to avoid a second national lockdown, ”he added.
The new rules will be enforced in England and will apply to indoor and outdoor gatherings, including houses, parks, pubs and restaurants.
Here we outline exactly what the new restrictions, due to be introduced on September 14th, mean for those living in England …
What are the basics?
In England no more than six people are allowed to assemble – with a few exceptions, which include school attendance, work or “extraordinary life events”.
Violating these new restrictions will result in a £ 100 fine doubling to £ 3,200 for each incident.
The law has been different from the official "guidelines" since July 4th, causing confusion for some. Now the official rules are closer – but not entirely in line – with the advice of the state.
Can I have friends for a barbecue or go to a friend's birthday party?
No exception is made to these events, which means that the six-person rule will continue to apply for barbecues, birthday parties, and similar gatherings.
While meeting five friends from five different households is legal, the guide advises against it.
While meeting five friends from five different households is legal, the guide advises against it
Can I stay with my friend?
Previous government guidelines recommend that individuals and members of their household or support bubble should only stay overnight with their own household and another household.
This can be done in each other's homes or in other accommodations such as hotels or apartments.
The new measures have not specifically banned overnight stays, although the six-person rule still applies.
What about outdoor raves?
Mass outdoor raves are not allowed under current coronavirus restrictions.
Concerns have been raised about the holding of illegal raves in relation to "apparent violations" of rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.
Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, pointed a finger at "Generation Z" because in some cases it had caused spikes.
In a direct appeal to young people, Boris Johnson said that they should consider their behavior "for the good of your parents" and the health of your grandparents.
Prof. Whitty said the number of coronavirus cases has increased "much faster" in the past few days. While the numbers remained "flat" in older people and children, there were "rapid upward movements" in other age groups.
Concerns have been raised about the holding of illegal raves for "apparent violations" of rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection (File, 2010).
He said the numbers for 17 to 18 year olds and 19 to 21 year olds had "really increased quite steeply" since mid-August.
He said data suggests that, without action, the UK would be on an "extremely similar" path to France, where the numbers have continued to rise – and warned the situation would likely be dangerous by spring.
The new rules come after the number of daily positive Covid-19 cases in the UK climbs to nearly 3,000 – numbers that have not been seen since May.
Ministers hope the change in law will make it easier for police to identify and break up illegal gatherings.
Where do the new rules apply?
The rules apply across England to all ages and in any setting, both indoors and outdoors, at home or in a pub.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was safer to meet outdoors and people should keep a distance from anyone they do not live with, even if they are close friends or family members.
He said people are not allowed to socialize in groups of more than six – and if you do, you will break the law.
What will the penalties be for breaking the rules?
Mr Johnson said the new rules are being enforced by the police and anyone who breaks them is at risk of "dispersed, fined and potentially arrested".
Failure to comply with the new rules can result in a £ 100 fine, which doubles to £ 3,200 for each subsequent crime.
What are the rules in other parts of the UK?
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she could not rule out changing the number of people allowed to congregate in Scotland, as the average number of daily positive cases tripled in three weeks.
Currently in Scotland a maximum of eight people from three households can meet indoors, except in areas with more stringent restrictions, while up to 15 people from five households can meet outdoors.
Up to 30 people can meet outdoors in Wales and 15 in Northern Ireland.
What about religious worship?
Places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques remain open, but the parishes must be at least three feet apart.
Can I meet friends for a kickabout?
Organized team sports are exempt from the new measure, provided they are carried out in a coronavirus-safe manner.
Football, cricket and rugby can continue as long as the correct Covid-Secure protocols are in place.
For individual sports such as tennis and golf, gatherings must follow the six-person rule and protocols must continue to be followed.
However, the new rules explicitly provide that "organized" team sports can be practiced, which means that informal gatherings of more than six friends may not be allowed.
Organized team sports are exempt from the new measure, provided they are carried out in a coronavirus-safe manner
The August guidelines state that individuals can exercise alone, with members of their household, or with up to five other people outside their household.
Up to two households were allowed to gather indoors or outdoors in groups of more than six people, provided members of different households followed social distancing guidelines.
Otherwise, gatherings of more than six people indoors or outdoors were not permitted unless this was essential for work purposes.
Can I have members of my extended family?
The six person rule still applies, which means a family of three could have three relatives.
However, the rule means that households of six cannot have relatives unless they are within the same "support bubble".
The six person rule still applies, which means a family of three could have three relatives. However, the rule means that households of six cannot have relatives unless they are within the same "support bubble".
What if i'm in a support bubble?
Those living in one household can join forces with another to create a “support bubble” provided one of the households has only one adult.
You are only allowed to use one support bubble – which is considered a household, which means you can meet even if there are a total of seven people in the bubble / household together.
What if there are more than six people in my household?
The six person limit does not apply to a specific household if it is larger than six people, but to those who meet people from outside your household.
The rule of six applies when you gather around when you meet people from outside your household.
Can i still get married?
Weddings, funerals and organized team sports are exempt from the new restrictions, provided they are done safely with coronavirus.
Ceremonies and receptions can be held with up to 30 participants – provided that coronavirus measures are in place.
Guests should wear face masks, but the bride and groom can do without them.
Covid-19 safe venues such as places of worship can still host a larger number overall, but groups of up to six people are not allowed to mix or create larger groups.
Ceremonies and receptions can be held with up to 30 participants – provided that coronavirus measures are in place
The government's guidelines on weddings stated, “Participants should remain seated whenever possible to support social distancing safety measures.
“They should be reminded at important points during the events to maintain social distance and avoid physical contact with people from different households.
“Participants and staff are urged to wear face covering when social distancing can be difficult and when they come into contact with people they would not normally see. This complies with the guidelines for face covering.
“Venue managers should keep hand sanitizer in convenient locations throughout the venue and encourage attendees to use it.
"Participants, including children, should wash their hands thoroughly with running water and soap or use hand sanitiser for 20 seconds, often throughout the day, to ensure that all parts of their hands are covered."
What about funerals?
Mourners can still gather for funeral services with up to 30 people.
Funeral directors have previously said that councils misinterpreted the lockdown rules by banning family members from visiting cemeteries and crematoriums.
Matt Hancock later said he regretted the move because it resulted in many people unable to attend their loved ones' funerals, even if they had been married for 50 years.
Can I still go to a restaurant?
Excursions to pubs, restaurants and cafes are still permitted – however, the six-person rule still applies.
The six person limit applies to the groups at these meetings – not the entire venue.
Safe Covid-19 venues such as places of worship, restaurants, and pubs can still host larger numbers, but groups of up to six people cannot mix or match larger groups.
Excursions to pubs, restaurants and cafes are still permitted – however, the six-person rule still applies
This rule does not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than six people that can still congregate.
The government's guidelines state, “Wherever possible, employees should serve all food and drinks to minimize customer self-service. According to the guidelines for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaways, participants should remain seated.
“Seating should follow social distancing guidelines, which means that no more than two households (including any support bubbles) sit together and social distancing is maintained between these groups.
"Outdoor table service is also preferable."
Can I still go to the pub with friends?
Yes, as above, but no more than six people can be seated at each table, although several groups are allowed in Covid-safe pubs.
Boris Johnson said the number of people who can attend social gatherings will be reduced to six in England as of Monday and the venues will need to keep records to help with testing and tracking efforts.
According to the new rules, the venues are now legally obliged to save the contact details of a member from each visitor group for 21 days.
That way they can instantly send them to NHS Test and Trace if necessary.
The hospitality venue could be fined for failing to adhere to Covid's safety standards and the government pledging to support local authorities to “further and faster their powers against violating venues” to use ".
The English are still allowed to go to the pub, but no more than six people can be seated at each table, although several groups are allowed in Covid-safe pubs
Can I still take the bus or train?
Yes, as the limit does not apply to strangers gathering in the same room as a train or bus.
The government's guidelines state, “You can help control the coronavirus and travel safely on foot and by bike if you can.
“However, if this is not possible, you can use public transport or drive.
"When using public transport, you must wear face-covering and follow the safer travel instructions for passengers."
Should my child go to school?
The government has not introduced any new rules for schools in the new measures, which means that the existing guidance – that children should continue to attend classrooms – remains in place.
Can I still go to university?
Yes. The six people do not apply to educational gatherings such as university lectures.
Should i still go to work?
The government says yes. The six-person limit does not apply to work gatherings.
Offices should take steps to ensure social distancing is maintained.
When do the measures end?
An end date for the new law has not been set.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says they will last "for the foreseeable future" and will only be withdrawn after a vaccine or better mass tests are introduced.
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