COVID-19 Measures: What has changed – 9 September 2020

COVID-19 Measures: What has changed – 9 September 2020

COVID-19 Measures: What has changed – 9 September 2020

The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down:

  • From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6.
    • This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.
    • This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce.
    • There will be a limited number of exemptions.
    • COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.
    • This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together.
    • Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30.
    • From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law. 
    • See refreshed guidance on social contact, including the exceptions to the 6 person limit
  • Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days. Core COVID-19 Secure requirements will be mandated for hospitality businesses, and egregious breaches enforced. The government has also published simplified COVID-19 Secure guidance.
  • The government will support Local Authorities and police forces to respond to breaches of COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
    • The government will launch a register of newly qualified and recently retired Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) so that Local Authorities can recruit more quickly and fill any gaps.
    • The government will introduce COVID-19 Secure Marshals to help local authorities support social distancing in towns and city centres.
  • The government will take steps to improve compliance with border requirements. They will simplify the Passenger Locator Form needed for travelling to the UK, and take measures to ensure passengers have filled out their form before departure.
  • The government will review plans to pilot larger audiences in venues this month. Planned sports pilot events will be limited to smaller, safer numbers, with strict conditions to ensure social distancing, and will not take place in areas where incidence is high.
  • The government will restrict the opening hours of premises, initially in local lockdown areas, with the option of national action in the future. 

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