Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today confirmed the new restrictions coming into play in England in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. All data related to outbreaks points to a steep rise in the risk of a second wave which could, when combined with the annual uplift in cases of severe flu usually recorded in the Autumn, would place the NHS under severe strain.
1: workers are being asked to work from home when they can
2: in pubs, bars and restaurants there can only be table service and all establishments are required to close by 10pm
3: face masks must be worn by staff in retail, indoor hospitality and private hire vehicles
4: the rule of six will be tightened; a maximum of 15 people can attend weddings, and up to 30 may attend funeral services
5: sporting events may not now be attended, and business conferences are indefinitely postponed
Covid guidelines will become a legal obligation meaning that those not conforming can be fined.