According to numerous reports, England has banned social gatherings of more than six people after a jump in coronavirus cases. As of Monday, it will be illegal for more than half a dozen people to gather socially indoors or outdoors.
There are some exceptions, such as schools, jobs, organized team sports, funerals and weddings that are safe for COVID-19, according to reports.
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Fines of £ 100 ($ 130) will be handed out and doubled for each violation up to a maximum fine of £ 3,200 ($ 4,162), the BBC reported. Prior to this change, the police were only given the right to stop the gathering of more than 30 people.
The guidelines currently allow up to six people from different households or two households of any size to meet indoors or outdoors.
According to the newspaper’s report, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “One of the feedback we had, including from the police, was that we needed rules that were super simple so everyone knew what they were.”
Hancock also said in an interview with the BBC Breakfast, “It’s really simple. Meetings are fine, they need to be socially distanced, of course, but groups up to six.”
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However, the rule of six restrictions now means that some families will not be able to get together. Hancock explained that some families will not even be able to see both grandparents at the same time.
“We have a family of five. And so we will be able to see one person at a time, as a whole family,” Hancock was quoted as saying.
This week, Hancock discussed on his website the recent jump in cases in Bolton, which he said has the highest positive case rate in the country at 120 cases per 100,000.
“The increase in cases in Bolton is due in part to the communication of people aged 20 and 30. We know this from contact tracking. And through our contact tracking system, we have identified a number of pubs where the virus has spread significantly, “Hancock wrote, adding that immediate action was taken in Bolton, including limiting” all withdrawal-only hospitality “and closing places. at 10 p.m.
Hancock told BBC Radio4 that the government was concerned about children spreading the virus to grandparents, and said: “I really hope we can turn this circle around before Christmas. I think in a pandemic, Christmas is a long way off.”
But for now, Hancock said the rules would remain in place for the “foreseeable future.”