Six months after announcing the original Lockdown, Boris Johnson announced new restrictions to curb a second lockdown…
Last night, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced new restrictions which will last a further six-months and has warned the public to follow them to avoid a second national lockdown.
The new restrictions include a 10pm enforced closing time for all pubs and restaurants, stricter rules on facemasks and a renewed ban on indoor sports which go alongside last weeks announcement of the ‘rule of six.’
Pubs and restaurants will be restricted by law to table service only, except for takeaways, and table bookings for more than six people are no longer allowed. Businesses can now be fined up to £10k if they take reservations over six and do not enforce social distancing or take diner’s contact details.
Office staff will once again be urged to work from home where possible. Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove, said, “If you are in a COVID-secure workplace, then you should be there if your job requires it.” However, he also said otherwise, people should work at home.
Unfortunately, from Monday the 28th of September, only 15 people will be able to attend weddings or civil partnerships, while funerals will be limited to 30 people.
To enforce the rules, Johnson announced an increase in fines with a fine of £200 for the first offence now in force. He also said, “If people don’t follow the rules we have set out, then we must reserve the right to go further,” and, “Now is the time for us all to summon the discipline, and the resolve, and the spirit of togetherness that will carry us through.”
Deaths from Covid-19 remain low – accounting for only 1% of deaths in England and Wales in the week to 11 September.
But deaths are rising rather than falling for the first time since the beginning of April.
And there are fears that rising numbers of patients in hospital will lead to more fatalities.
The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has warned there could be 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October – leading to more than 200 deaths per day by mid-November – unless action is taken.
This announcement is as divisive as ever; while some agree with the new restrictions, others believe that these steps don’t go far enough.
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