AGENCIES, London: With alarming surge in Covid-19 infections in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s team has decided to enforce stricter guidelines for people with effect from September 14. The UK reported 30 more Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday,
While the details are being worked out, for now a new legal limit will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors, No 10 said in a statement. There will be some exemptions as the rules will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports.
There’s provision for authorities to slap a minimum £100 fine if people fail to comply with police, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200.
In a preview of his address, the PM Boris Johnson said: “We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact — making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.
“It is absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.”
No 10 said any group of seven or more people gathering anywhere “risks being dispersed by police or fined for non-compliance”.
Meanwhile, the EU Commission and member states are discussing standardised ‘red to green’ colour system of country Covid levels, as well as infection rate thresholds at which to enforce a local lockdown.