The government announced new measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 last week, with the new message being ‘Hands’, ‘Face’ and ‘Space.’

The changes, which came into effect from Tuesday 22nd September, involve new rules on how many people can gather at once and also implemented a 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants:

Social Distancing

The new advice from the government, ‘Hands, ‘Face’ and ‘Space’, are key behaviours that should be observed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus:

  • HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • FACE – Wear a face covering indoors where you may not be able to remain socially distanced.
  • SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place such as wearing face coverings

In addition, new rules have placed restrictions on the number of people that can meet up socially, which is now limited to six.

Support groups must be limited to a maximum of 15 people, whilst indoor organised sport for over 18s will no longer be exempt from the rule of six.

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people (down from 30), whilst funerals permit up to 30 people to attend.

Beware on breaching these rules, as fines have now doubled to £200, and will continue to double for each offence up to a maximum of £6,400!

Social distancing

Social distancing measures are still in place and should be observed whenever possible.

New rules for businesses

The government has placed a restriction on businesses selling food or drink, including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants, which must now be closed between 10pm and 5am (this includes takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm).

Within licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table, and customers must eat and drink on site.

Businesses and organisations are also facing stricter rules to make their premises COVID Secure, including:

  • A wide range of venues will be subject to the COVID-19 Secure requirements, with fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
  • Employers must not knowingly encourage someone who is self-isolating to come to work.
  • Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings.

For more information on all the latest government advice, check out the gov website here.

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