Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2020

Covid-19 Restrictions

What are the new restrictions?

                •             10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants from Thursday

                •             Table service only in hospitality venues

                •             Work from home if you can

                •             Customers must wear face coverings in taxis, as well as staff in retail

                •             Staff and customers in indoor hospitality must now wear face coverings

                •             From Monday, only 15 people can attend a wedding service and reception – 30 people can still attend a funeral

                •             A maximum of six people can take part in indoor team sports

                •             Large sports events and conferences will not take place from 1 October, as previously planned

                •             Businesses will be fined £10,000 and could be closed if they breach regulations

                •             The fine for people not wearing face coverings in shops, supermarkets, public transport, taxis and in indoor hospitality will double to £200 for a first time offence, from £100

                •             This fine will be the same for those who break the “rule of six”

                •             Those who have been shielding do not need to do so except in local lockdown areas.

What was already restricted?

                •             Social gatherings of more than six people indoors and outdoors are banned in England and Scotland

                •             In Scotland, only two households are allowed to be part of the group of six

                •             In Northern Ireland, no households are allowed to mix indoors and no more than six people from two households can meet outdoors from Tuesday evening

                •             In Wales, six people are allowed indoors and 30 people outdoors

                •             Venues, including pubs and restaurants, are legally required to request customers’ details for test and trace and keep them for 21 days

                •             Face coverings must be worn in shops, supermarkets and on public transport unless they are exempt for medical reasons.

What are you allowed to do?

                •             Households or support bubbles of more than six people can still gather

                •             Groups of more than six people are allowed for work or education

                •             Places of worship, gyms, restaurants and hospitality settings can still hold more than six people in total

                •             Funerals with up to 30 people are allowed in England and Wales and 20 people in Scotland, while it is up to the venue in Northern Ireland

                •             Weddings of up to 15 people are allowed in England

                •             Organised team sports outside carried out in a “COVID-secure way” can have more than six people

What happens if you break the rules?

                •             For people who do not wear face coverings, and who are not exempt, in places legally stated there are fines of £200 in England, or £60 in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

                •             People with coronavirus symptoms who do not self-isolate will face fines of £1,000, rising to £10,000 for repeat offences from 28 September

                •             If people prevent others from self-isolating – such as bosses threatening redundancy – they can also be fined

                •             Businesses who break the mask and “rule of six” will be fined £10,000 or closed down

                •             Anyone who breaks the rules on social gatherings will be fined £200 with the penalty doubling on each further repeat offence up to £3,200

                •             “COVID-secure marshals” will enforce social distancing rules in town and city centres, the prime minister has said

                •             Border Force is also stepping up the enforcement of quarantine rules for travellers into the country.