Tough new lockdown restrictions on social gatherings across the whole of England are to be announced on Wednesday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to control a spike in COVID-19 infections. From Sept. 14, groups of more than six people will be banned from meeting and fined if they fail to comply, Johnson will say.
The number of cases in Britain has begun to rise sharply again in recent days. Although testing is more widespread and the number of people in hospital is well below the peak of the outbreak, ministers fear it is beginning to slip out of control.
“We need to act now to stop the virus spreading,” Johnson will say. “So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact – making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.” The previous limit on the number of people who could socialise together was 30.
Johnson just made the announcement.
‘Alas, some people have not been following the guidance in the way that they should.’
— ITV News (@itvnews) September 9, 2020
BREAKING: Social gatherings of more than six people in England will be banned in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will officially announce the change at a news conference on Wednesday.
— Alan McGuinness (@Alan_McGuinness) September 8, 2020