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New restrictions in England as country reaches “perilous turning point”

The prime minister has announced a new raft of measures to avoid “hundreds of daily deaths”.

Coming into force in England in the next week, the new measures include:

  • Office workers who can work from home should do so.
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be ordered to close by 10pm each night.
  • The hospitality sector will be restricted to table service only.
  • Face coverings must be worn in taxis and private hire vehicles, and by retail staff while at work.
  • Customers in indoor hospitality will also have to wear face coverings – except while seated at a table to eat or drink.
  • The exemptions to the rule of six will be reduced, banning indoor team sport – such as indoor five-a-side football matches.
  • The planned return of spectators to sports venues will now not go ahead from October 1.
  • Wedding ceremonies and receptions will be capped at 15 people from Monday.

Restrictions could be in place for six months

He told MPs:

“I want to stress that this is by no means a return to the full lockdown of March. We’re not issuing a general instruction to stay at home.

“We will ensure that schools, colleges, universities stay open because nothing is more important than the education, health and well-being of our young people.

“We will ensure businesses can stay open in a Covid-compliant way. However we must take action to suppress the disease.”

Mr Speaker, we will spare no effort in developing vaccines, treatments and new forms of mass-testing

but unless we palpably make progress, we should assume that the restrictions I have announced will remain in place for perhaps six months.


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