Updated: Sep 24, 2020
Further restrictions coming into force in England on Thursday are "carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in the R number with minimal damage to lives and livelihoods" said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Speaking in The House of Commons today, the Prime Minister announced that from Thursday:
- All pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table service only (except for takeaways) & they must close at 10pm. The same will apply to takeaways although they can still operate delivery services thereafter
- All staff and customers in indoor hospitality must wear face coverings except when seated at a table
- Covid secure guidelines will become legally binding. Fines will apply and businesses can be closed if the rules are breached.
- Fines for breaking the rule of six and not wearing a face covering will double to £200 for a first offence
The Prime Minister said the government will spare no effort but, if things don't improve, the measures could last for six months.
He went onto describe the restrictions as a balanced and proportional response to the crisis we face while keeping the vast majority of the UK economy going.
He added that the package will drive down the R while allowing education, jobs and growth to continue.
Despite calls to extend the furlough scheme beyond October, no details of any further financial help to support hospitality businesses were announced.