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New lockdown rules announced for England

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out new lockdown rules for hospitality venues in England, including a ban on gatherings above six and fines for those that do not make their premises covid safe.

The restrictions follow a steep rise in coronavirus cases across the country, especially in the age groups 17-18 and 19-21.

From Monday, restaurants must not take bookings for an individual group larger than six and patrons should not mix or form larger groups.

These measures will be enforced by the police and individuals breaking the rules will risk a £100 fine.

In addition, hospitality venues will be legally bound to record and retain customer details for 21 days and to provide these to NHS Test & Trace if required. Fines will be levied against hospitality venues that fail to ensure their venue is covid secure.

Covid secure marshalls will also be introduced in town and city centres to ensure social distancing is kept to, and restrictions will be placed on the opening hours of some premises in some local areas, although no details were given on where.

"These measures are not another national lockdown," said Boris. "The whole point of them is to avoid a second national lockdown."

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