Here is a summary of the new requirements which will impact on all our lives as annouced by the Prime Minister in Parliament this afternoon (22.09.2020)
• All pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be subject to a 10.00p.m. curfew from Thursday 24th September. This is not last orders. All customers must be off the premises by this cut off point. Only staff may remain.
• The Hospitality sector will also be restricted to table service only. Drinkers may not make a trip to the bar.
• All retail workers and customers in indoor hospitality settings will be required to wear masks – except when they are seated to eat or drink.
• All workers who can work from home are now being encouraged to do so from Wednesday 23rd September (tomorrow)
• Fines for breaking the rule of six and for failing to wear a face covering are increasing to £200 for a first offence.
• The police will now have the option of asking the military for support. Soldiers may be being drafted in to fulfil office roles and guard protected sites in order to allow officers more time to crackdown on rule-breakers.
• The number of people allowed to attend weddings in England is being reduced to 15 from Monday 28t September but the number of people allowed to attend a funeral will remain at 30.
• Plans for the partial return of sports fans to stadiums on October 1 has been paused.
• Rule of six exemptions are being tightened to ban indoor team sports like five-a-side-football matches.
• Businesses, schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
Boris Johnson’s offer of military support for the police has already been dismissed by police leaders. Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chief’s Council immediately responded that it would not be needed. He said, ‘Policing is a unique role and any military support must be assessed very carefully. At the moment, no military involvement is necessary, nor do we anticipate this will be needed.’