Six months of COVID-19 restrictions in England

Prime Minister announces tighter restrictions Boris Johnson has announced that there will be tighter restrictions across England when he addressed the House of Commons with the new rules.

Johnson has confirmed a new  hospitality curfew, requiring all pubs and restaurants to close at 10pm every day. By law, restaurants will also be table service only (apart from takeaways). Customers will also be required to wear face masks at all times, except when they are sat at their table.

The Prime Minister also announced that all office workers who can work from home should do so. These restrictions will also be in place for the next six months, with restrictions getting tighter if the R value doesn’t fall.

The latest restrictions:

  • Those who can work from home, such as office workers, should return to home working
  • All pubs and restaurants will be required to close at 10pm due to the hospitality curfew, and customers should wear masks except when they are seated
  • Pubs and restaurants are required by law to operate by table service only. The only exception is takeaways
  • Indoor sports are limited to a maximum of 6 people
  • Weddings are now limited to 15 guests, yet funerals can still have 30 guests
  • Strengthening the face mask rules with increased fines, and retail staff should now wear face masks, as well as taxi customers

According to Johnson, these restrictions will only work if people follow the rules, with these rules being enforced by tighter penalties. There may also be harsher restrictions if needed, similar to the lockdown imposed earlier this year.

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