It is essential that we balance the need to protect lives and the impact on society and the economy as a whole. Unfortunately, we are seeing a rise in the number of coronavirus cases and the UK’s Covid alert level has been raised from 3 to 4, meaning that transmission is high or rising exponentially. That is why the government will be introducing new measures as of Thursday.
- We are asking office workers to work from home if they can do so. Where homeworking is not possible, such as in retail, construction or if you are a key public worker, then you should continue to go to your place of work.
- From Thursday all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service ONLY, except for takeaways and together with all hospitality venues, they must close at 10 PM. This will mean closing at 10 PM NOT calling last orders at 10 PM, this will also apply to takeaway venues however delivery only will be able to continue.
- Face coverings will be required to be worn by all staff in retail, taxis, private hire vehicles, staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. It is currently compulsory for people to wear a face covering on all public transport, shops and indoor venues.
- In retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors, our Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations. Businesses will be fined and could be closed if they breach these rules.
- The rule of six will be tightened. From Monday, a maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions. However, up to 30 can still attend a funeral. We will also have to extend the rule of six to all adult indoor team sports.
- The spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events so we will not be able to do this from 1st October.
I would urge everyone to follow the rules and guidelines and remember to stay 2 metres apart where possible or 1 metre with a face covering and other precautions, regularly wash your hands and to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces.
We are doing all we can to avoid another lockdown or further restrictions, so please do follow the rules. For further information, please see a letter from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson attached below.