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Prime Minister announces the latest update to the rules

The Prime Minister has announced the following rules, effective from Thursday 24 September 2020 in England:

  • The planned reopening of conferences, exhibitions and events on 1st Oct has been suspended.

  • Pubs, restaurants and bars will have to close at 10pm (except for takeaways).

  • Only “table-only” service will be allowed at pubs, restaurants and bars.

  • Staff in retail and indoor hospitality will have to wear masks.

  • The Covid-secure workplace guidance will become a legal obligation.

  • The number of people able to attend a wedding is being reduced to 15 from the previous 30.

  • The £10,000 fines imposed on those who don't quarantine will now be applied to businesses and the penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking rule of six will double to £200.

  • Exemptions to the “rule of six” will be reduced.

  • People have been asked to work from home if they can.

He also announced that these new restrictions will most likely be in place for six months

A few clarifications from this

  • The restriction on people attending weddings is from Monday.

  • Take-aways will subject to the 10pm curfew – it is deliveries that are exempt.

  • Staff and customers in indoor hospitality will have to wear mask except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

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