Boris Johnson confirmed in the House of Commons today that the government would be implementing new restrictions to tackle the rise of COVID cases in Britain.
The Prime Minister said that office workers should now work from home where possible.
From Thursday, pubs, bars and restaurants in England must operate table service only – closing at 10pm.
The legal requirement to wear face coverings will be extended to retail, taxis and hospitality (unless drinking/eating), whilst COVID-secure guidelines will now become law.
Fines of £10,000 will be issued to businesses who do not adhere to the new rules.
Those who do not wear a face covering where required to do so may also be liable for £200 fines – even for a first offence.
From Monday, a maximum 15 people can attend weddings and receptions. Up to 30 can attend funerals.
Reintroducing sports fans to stadiums will not go ahead on October 1 as originally planned.
The Prime Minister gave the statement to his fellow politicians at Westminster on Tuesday afternoon, praising the fortitude of the British people but admitting the UK had reached “a perilous turning point.”
The announcement came just over 24 hours after a presentation from top medical advisers Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance – which revealed British cases could reach 50,000 per day.
Johnson also used Spain and France as examples of how the numbers would grow “unless we act”.
Reports had already speculated that England’s hospitality sector would be subjected to new restrictions.
Michael Gove had also hinted at tighter measures during an appearance on BBC Breakfast, admitting the government were set to make a u-turn on their ‘Back to Work’ plan; changing their tune to ask for people to work from home instead.
As many as 11 million UK residents are currently living under social curbs.
Fines of up to £10,000 will also be introduced from Monday to anyone who does not self-isolate when asked/required to do so.