New coronavirus rules: what will CAN and CAN & # 39; T people do in England from Monday?
The Prime Minister will announce on Wednesday that indoor and outdoor social gatherings of more than six people will be banned across England from Monday.
Below is a full explanation of the new rules and how they will come into effect.
What are the new rules?
As of Monday, gatherings of more than six people will be illegal. Currently, the legal limit for gatherings is 30 people.
A graphic shows the new lockout rules that will be announced by the Prime Minister and will apply across England from Monday
Why are they being introduced?
The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, and the Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, agreed that the action is urgently needed after the number of positive cases has soared.
At a Zoom meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, police forces said they would like the rules for social contact to be simplified.
Where will you apply?
The rules apply across England to all ages as well as to indoor and outdoor gatherings. This includes private homes, parks, pubs and restaurants that apply to all ages.
Will there be any exceptions?
There will be some scenarios where the restrictions do not apply, e.g. For example, if your household or support bubble is larger than six people, or if you gather in a large group for work or education.
Weddings, funerals and organized team sports are also exempt if they are conducted in a Covid-safe manner.
Boris Johnson will ban indoor and outdoor social gatherings of more than six people across England starting Monday
What will the penalties be for breaking the rules?
The government hopes the new rules will make it easier for police to break open large gatherings. Failure to comply with the new rules could result in a fine of £ 100, which doubles to £ 3,200 for each subsequent crime.
What does the prime minister say?
The Prime Minister will officially announce the new rules at a press conference on Wednesday. He is expected to tell the public, “We must act now to stop the virus from spreading. That is why we are simplifying and strengthening the rules for social contact – so that they are easier to understand and can be enforced by the police.
"It's absolutely important that people now stick to these rules and remember the basics – wash hands, cover your face, keep your space in front of others, and get a test if you have symptoms."