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Here’s What You Can And Can’t Do Under The New Covid-19 Rules

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Here’s What You Can And Can’t Do Under The New Covid-19 Rules

Go to work. Don’t go to work. Socialise, but don’t socialise. Eat out, but don’t help out. It can be hard to digest government guidelines when they seem to be changing so often. 

But we’re here to make it a little easier for you. The latest measures have been introduced to combat the sharp rise in coronavirus infection rates – including the much-talked-about 10pm curfews. But what else has changed?

Here’s a guide on the new Covid-19 restrictions. Bear in mind that these rules apply to England only – people in ScotlandWales, and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in local areas.

You can socialise in groups of six, but you should break ‘unnecessary links’ between households.

The number of people who can attend social gatherings inside or outside remains at six in England, under the ‘rule of six’ introduced earlier this month. 

This rule doesn’t apply to households or bubbles of more than six, or gatherings for work or education. People will at first be fined £100, but this will double on each further repeat offence up to a maximum £3,200, which depends on your location. Covid-secure marshals are making sure rules are being followed. 

Scotland and Wales have different rules on household configurations, with under-12s not counting toward the total.

In order to stop Covid-19 cases rising, though, people in the UK are advised to “break unnecessary links” between households to stop coronavirus spreading.

“We have to break unnecessary links between households because that is the way this virus is transmitted,” England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, warned in a press briefing on Monday.

It’s pretty much up to you to decide on whether a meet-up is “necessary” or “unnecessary”, but the idea is that we should be social distancing and limiting social contact where possible. Things like not hugging others, avoiding crowds, and reducing the amount of mixing with other households will help. 

You can go to the pub, but you’ll have to leave by 10pm. 

The curfew will take effect from Thursday September 24 in an attempt to reduce Covid-19 transmissions. This means if you’re out for a drink with your mates at the pub, you’ll need to leave by 10pm as it’ll be closing. 

This rule applies to pubs, bars, and restaurants in England. Starting from today, parts of England’s north-east are already under a 10pm curfew. There’s no news yet on how long this will last or what the fines are for flouting the rules.

You can go out for food, but it’ll be table service only. 

Food and drink outlets are now going to be restricted to table service only. Some had been doing this already, but it’s no longer voluntary.

Pubs, restaurants, and cafes must also now legally collect customers’ details to aid with contact tracing. 

You can go to the office if you need to, but you’re advised to work from home. 

“Work from home, if you can,” Michael Gove told the BBC’s Today programme on Tuesday morning. 

The latest government advice now goes back on their original campaign to encourage workers back to office. In a bid to reduce social mixing and slow the spread of the virus, there’s now a “shift in emphasis” and the people of England will once again be asked to work from home if they can.

“We are stressing that if it’s safe to work in your workplace, if you are in a Covid-secure workplace, then you should be there if your job requires it,” said the cabinet office minister. “This could avert the need for more serious action in the future.”

You can still attend a wedding, funeral or team sport, but no more than 30 people. 

Wedding ceremonies, funerals, and organised team sports can still go ahead, so long as they’re carried out in a Covid-secure way.

Maximum gatherings of up to 30 people in Covid-19 secure venues or public outdoor spaces are allowed. Organisers of large gatherings of more than 30 people – like unlicensed music events and raves – can be subject to fines of up to £10,000 in England and Wales.

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