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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has updated the nation on the measures which are being put in place to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
The government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned on September 21 that if the current trend continues, England could face around 50,000 new cases of coronavirus every day by mid-October.
Mr Johnson doesn’t want a second national lockdown, but new measures will be put in place instead.
Mr Johnson addressed MPs, saying: "We've reached a perilous turning point," and that in the last fortnight the amount of hospital admissions have more than doubled.
He added that this trend would continue, unless we act, which is why new measures have been put into place.
That is why the country needs to "act now to avoid still graver consequences later on".
However, he added that this is by no means a second lockdown, and that the government would make sure businesses can stay open in a "Covid-secure" way.
One of the major changes is a 10pm curfew, which will limit the opening times of cafes, restaurants and pubs.
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The curfew will come into effect on Thursday, September 24, and means pubs, cafes and restaurants will only be allowed to operate until 10pm.
This is to try to prevent alcohol-fuelled breaches of the coronavirus restrictions.
For you, this means you won't be able to eat or drink out after 10pm, but you can still go outside as normal.
But Mr Johnson stressed that this means they will close – and not last orders – at 10pm.
He explained: "And to help the police enforce this rule that means, alas, closing not just calling for last orders, because simplicity is paramount."
This continues to be in groups of no larger than six, and following local lockdown restrictions.
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In addition, these businesses will only be allowed to offer table service – except for takeaways.
Mr Johnson has also issued a change to the government’s advice on working from home.
This is a “shift in emphasis”, after a push to get the British public back to offices just weeks before.
Mr Johnson said: ""First, we are once again asking office workers who can work from home to do so.
"In key public services and in all professions where home working is not possible, such as construction or retail, people should continue to attend their workplaces."
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So if you can work from home, you are urged to do so.
Mr Johnson also said people working in retail, those travelling in taxis, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality except while seated at a table to eat or drink would have to wear face coverings.
A maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremony and receptions.
But up 30 people can still attend funerals.
Mr Boris Johnson also announced that the planned return of spectators to sports venues will now not go ahead from October 1.
There will be tighter penalties for those who flout the rules – including businesses and people.
The penalty for breaking the rule of six has now increased to £200 for a first offence.
Those who were previously told to shield do not need to do so, unless as part of local lockdown restrictions.
Mr Johnson said that it is expected these measures be in place for at least the next six months.
These measures are coming to force in England, but similar steps are being taken elsewhere.
- Boris Johnson
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