With the glooming risk of a potential second wave of COVID-19, the government have imposed new coronavirus restrictions across the UK. The Primer Minister, Boris Johnson, has said we have reached a “perilous turning point” in the fight against the pandemic, and therefore the new restrictions could be in place for up to six months.

In many countries around Europe, including the UK, there has been a spike over recent weeks in COVID-19 cases. The governments hopes are that the new measures will help to reduce this spread without having too large of an impact on people’s lives.

These new measures include:

  • Where possible for employees to work from home again.
  • To aid the NHS contact tracing efforts businesses are required to display NHS QR code posters for customers to check in.
  • Takeaways can continue to operate as before but all restaurants and pubs will be restricted to table service.
  • Between 10pm and 5am all hospitality services must be closed. Delivery services can continue to run but takeaways have to close.
  • Staff and customers indoors need to wear masks at all times other than when seated at tables to eat or drink.
  • The penalty has been increased to £200 for a first-time offender not wearing a mask or for a gathering of more than 6 people.
  • Any scenarios of group gatherings which had been exempt from restrictions, for example team sports, no longer will be.
  • Indoor sports are restricted to a max of 6 participants.
  • Masks must be worn by all taxi drivers and passengers.
  • There is a limit of 15 people for attendance to weddings and civil partnerships, and a maximum of 6 people in any single group.

For those in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, coronavirus restrictions may differ from these as the previous list is only specific to England. There may also be different measures for those under local lockdowns in England.


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