Latest COVID-19 updates
The UK COVID-19 alert level has been moved from level 3 (COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation) to level 4 (COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation, transmission is high or rising exponentially). The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer have highlighted that fewer than 8%of us have antibodies, and infections are spreading to more vulnerable age groups
The Prime Minister stated that the prospect of a second wave was always real, and that we have now reached a turning-point in the pandemic. The latest figures show that near 4,000 people a day are testing positive for the virus, which would lead to tens of thousands of new infections everyday next month if left unchecked.
New measures have been introduced. The Prime Minister stated that they were not going to be like those in March – there will be no general instruction to stay at home, and schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
The new measures are as follows:
- If you are able to work from home, you should do
- All pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table service only and they must close at 10pm.
- Extended requirement for facemasks to include staff in retail, all users of taxis and private hires vehicles, and staff and customers indoor hospitality except when seated for food and drink.
- For leisure, retail and tourism venues, guidelines will become legal obligations and those breaching the rules will be fined or closed.
- A maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies, up to 30 for a funeral.
- Large scale sporting events and business conferences will not be able to operate from 1 October as originally planned.
- The penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will double to £200 for first offence.
- For those who were shielding, the guidance continues that you do not need to shield unless you are in a local lockdown area.
- Those people in England who have to, are now required by law to self-isolate. This will be enforced by the police. New fines for those breaching self-isolation rules will start at £1,000 - but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and for the most serious breaches
- Those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result of self-isolation will be supported by a payment of £500.
All information correct at time of writing (1 October 2020). For the latest COVID-19 updates please see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus