Matt Hancock announces tough new pub and cafe rule

Matt Hancock has revealed more details of the Government’s latest lockdown rule changes in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The Health Secretary was speaking this morning after it was announced yesterday that people in England will no longer be allowed to gather in groups of more than six people.

Previously the rule was up to 30.

As well as revealing more about the new rules, Mr Hancock said there will be a new focus on pubs and restaurants.

Mr Hancock said it will be compulsory for pubs and restaurants to take customers’ details for the Test and Trace programme.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’re also going to enforce more strictly the rules around hospitality, including for instance you need to give your contact details when you go to hospitality, which has so far been voluntary.

“Large swathes of the hospitality industry have followed it.

“Some have chosen not to, so we’re going to make that compulsory as well.”

Mr Hancock said the ban on gatherings of more than six people will be in place for the “foreseeable future”.

The Health Secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s absolutely therefore the foreseeable future. I really hope we can turn this round before Christmas.

“I think that, in a pandemic, Christmas is a long way off.

“Three months is a long time in a pandemic and I very much hope this strong rule, together with the local action we’ve taken in places like Bolton… I very hope much therefore this can work to do that by Christmas.”

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