Boris Johnson has announced a range of new measures to combat the rapid rise in coronavirus cases in the UK.
Here are the key points, which will come into force in England in the next week, from the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons.
– Office workers who can work from home should do so.
– Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be ordered to close by 10pm each night.
– The hospitality sector will be restricted to table service only.
– Face coverings must be worn in taxis and private hire vehicles, and by retail staff while at work.
– Customers in indoor hospitality will also have to wear face coverings – except while seated at a table to eat or drink.
– The exemptions to the rule of six will be reduced, banning indoor team sport – such as indoor five-a-side football matches.
– The planned return of spectators to sports venues will now not go ahead from October 1.
– Wedding ceremonies and receptions will be capped at 15 people from Monday.
Boris Johnson also told MPs: “No British Government would wish to stifle our freedoms in the ways that we have found necessary this year.
“Yet even now we can draw some comfort from the fact schools, universities, and places of worship are staying open, shops can serve their customers, construction workers can go to building sites and the vast majority of the UK economy can continue moving forwards.
“We’re also better prepared for a second wave with ventilators and PPE, the dexamethasone, the Nightingale hospitals and hundred times as much testing as we began this epidemic with.
“So it now falls to each of us and every one of us to remember the basics – wash our hands, cover our faces, observe social distancing and follow the rules.
“Then we can fight back against this virus, shelter our economy from even greater damage, protect the most vulnerable in care homes and hospitals, safeguard our NHS and save many more lives.”