Borough Insight

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:No more than 6 people indoors or outdoors. For guidance visit

    • 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.

Image: Self-isolation periods

All information correct at time of writing (1 October 2020). For the latest COVID-19 updates please see: 


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