10 September 2020 20:33
September 10, 2020--Responding to a spike in coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions starting Monday, including a rule that social gatherings should be limited to no more than six people. "We are introducing the rule of 6," Johnson said in a Wednesday speech. The restriction will be enforced by police, and anybody breaking the rule could be fined or possibly arrested, Johnson said. "This single measure replaces both the existing ban on gatherings of more than 30 and the current guidance on allowing 2 households to meet indoors. Now you only need to remember the rule of 6," Johnson said.
Exceptions will be made for households with more than six people, schools, weddings, and funerals. Chris Whitty, the government's chief medical officer, appeared at a news conference with Johnson and said the number of overall cases was "going up really much more rapidly over the last few days" and rising "quite steeply" for young people between 17 to 21, according to The Guardian. "I think in terms of the existing restrictions, people should see this as the next block of time that may not last for many months, but it is very unlikely to be over in just two or three weeks," he said. Boris Johnson has announced new restrictions on people meeting socially in England, with groups of more than six banned as of Monday 14 September. The prime minister said the new rules were being introduced to combat the rising number of coronavirus cases and prevent another "wholesale national lockdown".
However, Mr Johnson has made clear that any weddings must be conducted in a Covid-secure way and that guests form different households will have to adhere to social distancing rules. The government said that the guidance has been developed to ensure that "bereaved people are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect" and so that "mourners and workers involved in the management of funerals are protected from avoidable risk of infection." In March, the government faced criticism after it updated its coronavirus guidelines to limit the number of people allowed to attend funerals to groups of between 5 and 10. While pubs and restaurants are allowed to stay open, groups will be limited to six. So although there will be more than six people in the pub in total, you can only visit with a group of six, including yourself. Places of worship, including churches, synagogues, mosques and temples will stay open, but congregations will be required to adhere to social distancing rules. Mr Johnson has confirmed that organised indoor and outdoor sport, including physical activity and exercise classes will still be allowed to take place under the new rules. Rule of 6: the government's new guidelines for social gatherings explained - and full list of exemptions Social gatherings will be limited to six people from Monday From Monday the number of people allowed to meet socially in England will be reduced from 30 to six. The Prime Minister announced the new rule on Wednesday night, introducing a new 'rule of six' message detailing the maximum number of people who can meet both indoors and outdoors. The new measure has been introduced as coronavirus cases across the UK continue to rise, with more than 2,000 positive cases of Covid-19 recorded on Tuesday. Social gatherings will be limited to six people from Monday (September 14). All six people will be allowed to be from different households. Mr Johnson explained: "You must not meet socially in groups of more than six – and if you do, you will be breaking the law. Currently, up to 30 people from two households, or six from several households are allowed to gather outdoors. "If a single household or support bubble is larger than six, they can still gather. "Education and work settings are unaffected, Covid-secure weddings and funerals can go ahead, up to a limit of 30 people, and organised sport will still be able to proceed." Speaking to Sky News he said: "We have seen the increase in the number of cases sadly in the last few days. Households or support bubbles of more than six people are exempt from the new rules. Support bubbles allow adults who live by themselves and single parents with children under 18 to join up with one other household. Schools and workplaces continue to operate under existing Covid guidelines, which include year groups being kept in bubbles, classrooms reconfigured and masks worn in communal areas. Mr Johnson said that plans for universities to reopen later this month remained unchanged. Workers will still be permitted to travel to the office, again under the proviso that they adhere to the social distancing rules and guidance published by the Department for Business. While groups will be limited to six, Covid-secure hospitality venues will still be able to hold larger numbers of people. It came after the Archbishop of Canterbury confirmed earlier in the day that the rule of six would not apply to churches, writing on Twitter:"Worship is the work of God - not a social gathering - and gives the strength to love and serve." The Government hope the new rules will be simpler for people to understand. In the press briefing on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said: So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact - making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce. From Monday 14 September the number of people allowed to meet socially in England will be reduced to six people - with exemptions for those in support bubbles. The new measure has been introduced as coronavirus cases across the UK continue to rise, with more than 2,000 positive cases of Covid-19 recorded on Tuesday (8 September). Boris Johnson has announced new guidance to reduce the number of people allowed to meet up socially in England from 30 to just six. The rules apply both indoors and outdoors, however if your household is larger than six you will be able to gather in one larger group. Johnson said: "In England, from Monday [14 September], we are introducing the rule of six. You must not meet socially in groups of more than six - and if you do, you will be breaking the law. Johnson explained that the new rules will be enforced by the police, and that anyone caught breaking the rules could face a fine, or even be arrested. However, households larger than six people and support bubbles of more than six are exempt from the new rules and will be able to continue to socialise. A support bubble is when two households join together to become one household in the eyes of the government. This means that you can have close contact with the other household as if they were members of your own, meaning there is no need to be socially distanced from one another. When the government first announced the support bubble rule, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that they were being introduced to "support those who are particularly lonely as a result of lockdown measures". If you live with other adults, including if you are a carer or carers live with you, you can form a support bubble with a single-adult household who are not already part of a support bubble group. Can I change my support bubble household? The government states: "When you form a support bubble, this should be a permanent arrangement." If this is the case, you can change your support bubble. For 14 days before forming a new bubble, you should avoid close contact with your existing support bubble or any other individuals. The official guidance from the government states that support bubbles should ideally be formed with households that live locally to one another. If someone within your support bubble group develops symptoms of Covid-19, or tests positive for the virus, then you and the rest of the support bubble will have to follow stay at home guidance as issued by the government. The stay at home guidance states that anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 need to immediately self isolate for at least 10 days, and arrange to have a test to see if they have the virus. The guidance says that you and everyone in your household needs to remain at home - no going to work, school, public areas or using public transport or taxis.