Main points from the PM’s briefing
- The PM led a special briefing today and announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. The full press release is here – Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 9 September
- New rule of six – from Monday 14th September no more than six people can meet up indoors or outdoors, including private homes, parks, pubs and restaurants.
- COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.
- Education and work settings are unaffected.
- Organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30.
- From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law.
- Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days.
- The government will restrict the opening hours of premises, initially in local lockdown areas, with the option of national action in the future. This has been introduced in Bolton, following a steep rise in cases, and will seek to restrict activities that may lead to a spread in the virus.
- Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty said that the public should expect these new restrictions to be in place for months rather than weeks.
Latest Guidance (health)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed – 9 September
- HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
- FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
Infection rates have increased with 2,659 positive cases yesterday.
The general coronavirus guidance starts here:-