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Boris Johnson announces new COVID-19 restrictions

Posted on September 2020 By Aaron Liffen

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Today the prime minister delivered his latest update to the House of Commons on how the government will take action on the rise in coronavirus cases across the UK. This follows the public update from Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance yesterday as they highlighted the potential dangers of the increasing Covid case numbers we are seeing across the UK.

Key points from the prime ministers update:

  • Boris Johnson says "we must act now" to avoid "graver consequences".  "I'm sorry to say... we've reached a perilous turning point." The number of daily new infections has quadrupled in a month, the PM adds.

  • Mr Johnson says they're being brought in because "a stitch in time saves nine" and this is not a return to the full lockdown, so people are not simply being told to stay at home.

  • Office workers who can work from home, should do so, he says.

  • From Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a table service only - except for takeaways - and will be forced to close at 10pm. 

  • The need to wear face coverings will be extended to staff in retail, taxis and staff and customers in hospitality businesses.

  • From Monday, a maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions - but up to 30 can still attend a funeral. 

  • The rule of six will also be extended to all adult indoor team sports.

  • The partial reopening of stadiums for sports clubs hoped to happen on 1 October will not go ahead.

  • Boris Johnson says new restrictions will not involve closing education settings -this is absolutely key promise. Break this and a fundamental pledge will be broken with possibly a high political cost

  • The penalty for not wearing a mask or breaking the "rule of six" will double to £200 and the option is also on the table to draw on military support where required to support the police.

  • Boris warns if today's changes don't bring the R number down below one - that's how many people someone with coronavirus passes it on to - then Mr Johnson threatens he will "deploy greater firepower with significantly greater restrictions".

To read a brief summary of the last updates points and important measures click here.