Boris Johnson to announce new lockdown rules today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce new lockdown rules for England today at a press conference from London.

The announcement will come after Mr Johnson faces MPs in the House of Commons for Prime Minister’s Question Time at 12pm.

Mr Johnson will make a number of announcements, including confirming tough new rules on who you can meet up with.

The Prime Minister is also likely to highlight the new campaign aimed at continuing to curb coronavirus as we head into winter.

And he could announce new lockdown rules for Birmingham – which looks set to be the next city to introduce tough measures this week.

Mr Johnson may also announce more countries are to go onto the quarantine list – with both Greece and Portugal rumoured to be next.

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday as the Government seeks to curb the rise in coronavirus cases.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use a press conference today to announce the change in the law after the number of daily positive Covid-19 cases in the UK rose to almost 3,000.

The legal limit on social gatherings will be reduced from 30 people to six. It will apply to gatherings indoors and outdoors – including private homes, as well as parks, pubs and restaurants.

Gatherings of more than six people will be allowed where the household or support bubble is larger than six, or where the gathering is for work or education purposes.

Exemptions will also apply for weddings, funerals and Covid-secure organised team sports, with a full list to be published by the Government before Monday.

Mr Johnson is expected to tell the press conference: “We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact – making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.

“It is absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.”

Failure to comply could result in a £100 fine, which will double on each repeat offence up to £3,200.

Different rules apply to social gatherings elsewhere in the UK.

In Scotland, up to eight people are allowed to meet indoors, while groups of 15 from up to five households are permitted outdoors, but people should maintain a social distance.

People there should not meet people from more than four other households in total whether indoors and/or outdoors.

In Wales, up to 30 people can meet outdoors and in Northern Ireland the number is 15.

The change to the law comes after Mr Johnson told his Cabinet that ministers must ensure there is “no complacency” among the public, and particularly young people, following the rise in coronavirus infections.

And Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned of a possible second peak, as he imposed further measures in Bolton restricting all hospitality to takeaways only – as well as new rules meaning venues will have to close between 10pm and 5am.

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