Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today set out the government’s changes to the coronavirus regulations, which will ban groups of more than six people coming together.
From Monday 14 September, you can be fined £100 – doubling up to £3,600 for repeat offenders – if you do not adhere to the following new measures put in place:
You must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce.
COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups. And the rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than six who will still be able to gather together. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law.
Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days.
The government will review plans to pilot larger audiences in venues this month. Planned sports pilot events will be limited to smaller, safer numbers, with strict conditions to ensure social distancing, and will not take place in areas where incidence is high.
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