Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday “because the government is trying to stop this increase” Coronavirus Case.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson Will use a press conference on Wednesday to announce changes to the law The number of daily positive Covid-19 cases in the UK has risen to around 3,000.
The legal limit on social gatherings will be reduced from 30 to six.
This will apply to indoor and outdoor collections – including private homes, parks, pubs and restaurants.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he hoped the ban could be lifted by Christmas.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “This is exactly what the future holds. I really hope we can turn this round around before Christmas.
“I think, in an epidemic, Christmas is far away.”
He stressed that despite the government’s desire to break international law on EU repatriation agreements, people should follow the new rules on social distances.
He told the LBC: “Obviously we are committed to handing over Brexit to the EU at the end of the transition arrangements. Good work is going on. I have high hopes and expectations that we will have a deal.”
“We are already holding the peace process in Northern Ireland and I think everyone will understand why we have decided to do so.”
Meetings of more than six people will be allowed where the domestic or support bubble is larger than six, or where the gathering is for work or educational purposes.
Discounts will apply quid-safely for weddings, wedding ceremonies and organized team games.
Although the sanctions are not as severe as they were from March to June, Mr. Hancock refused to impose another lockout, despite assurances from the Prime Minister.
Speaking to LBC, he said: “I can’t swear like that.
“You don’t expect me – I’m the health secretary in the midst of an epidemic where we’re trying to keep the country safe.”
But he said he hoped the lockout could be avoided, saying: “The number of cases makes people social at large.”
Robert Peston, political editor at ITV News, explains what he has learned from the government’s latest coronavirus measures.
Mr Johnson is expected to tell the press conference: “We need to work now to stop the spread of the virus. So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules of social communication – which They are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. “
“It’s very important that people now follow these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, replacing others, and getting tested if you have symptoms.”
His press conference comes a day after England’s deputy chief medical officer issued a warning that the rise in coronavirus cases was a “major concern”.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam called the latest increase a “big change” and said the outlook “feels comfortable during the summer.”
He added that if the UK did not take control of its case numbers, the country could “get a ridiculous ride in the next few months”.
“It’s a big change, it’s been two days now and it’s very worrying at the moment,” said Van Tam.
“I think you know we’ve been able to get some rest during the summer, the level of illness in the UK has been really low in the summer but these latest figures really show us what people might like to say. “He’s gone, he’s not gone,” he said.
Mr. Van-Tom’s warning is a reflection of a member of the Scientific Advisory Group’s Emergency (SAG) on Tuesday. The number of cases is “growing rapidly,” ITV News’ political editor Robert Peston said.“
Professor John Edmunds warned that the number of Rs in England is already above 1 and that the reopening of schools and universities across the country could make it worse.
He said the UK was facing serious challenges in controlling the virus in the fall.
Prof Edmunds added: “The epidemic is getting worse and then we have Christmas. And it’s very difficult. What is Christmas?”
“Well, it’s getting very close to your family. Restaurants and pubs and things like that. And it’s all high risk. And it’s all indoors. Indoors makes a difference.”
He continued: “We are lucky with the weather – and it has changed”.
Downing Street said Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Witty, Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Valence and the government had agreed that immediate action was needed after cases of coronavirus escalated.
As many as 2,420 confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported in the UK by 9am on Tuesday, up from 2,988 in the UK on Sunday, the highest daily figure since May.
The government hopes that the change in the law will make it easier for the police to identify and spread illegal gatherings. Failure to comply will result in a ਰ 100 fine, which will be doubled to 200 3,200 for each repeat offense.
No. 10 said Mr. Johnson held a virtual roundtable with police forces last week where officers expressed a desire for rules to facilitate social interaction.