Seven coronavirus rule changes in England today as lockdown guidelines tightened

New rules come into effect from today in England to deal with the spread of coronavirus.

The UK coronavirus alert level has been escalated from 3 to 4, meaning the disease is spreading rapidly again.

With so many changes and confusion in recent weeks, it can be hard to keep track of what the current guidelines are.

Last week new rules, such as the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants, came into force.

It also became compulsory for retail and hospitality staff to wear face coverings while working indoors.

But from today, Monday September 28, further restrictions will be added to the list of rules.

Here are seven new coronavirus rules that you need to be aware of.

Fewer guests at weddings

The number of guests allowed at a wedding or civil partnership ceremony will from today decrease to a maximum of 15.

Previously 30 people were allowed to attend a ceremony.

The 15 person limit includes the couple, witnesses and guests – but anyone working is not counted as part of the limit.

The receptions must be sit down meals, and social distancing should be followed between people who aren’t in the same household.

Funerals can go ahead with 30 people – but not wakes

Up to 30 people can continue to attend a funeral, although they must continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

But from September 28 this number doesn’t include wakes.

Wakes will be subject to the rule of six, other than for religious ceremonial purposes.

Christenings, but not celebrations, can go ahead

Events like christenings and bar/bat mitzvahs can take place as part of a larger gathering within communal worship.

But this is only the case providing groups of more than six don’t mingle.

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However, only six people can attend a celebration of a christening or naming ceremony.

Businesses face huge fines

Businesses can be fined up to £10,000 for breaching coronavirus guidelines.

For example, they have to make sure no unlawful gatherings happen in their premises.

This legal requirement will be extended to extra businesses in the leisure and entertainment sects from today.

This includes ensuring customers observe the rule of six, and appropriate social distancing through signage, layout, and managing customer entry.

Fines for failing to self isolate

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Those who flout self isolation rules risk being fined up to £10,000.

This new legal duty applies to you if you fail to self isolate after testing positive for coronavirus.

Or if you are ordered to isolate by NHS Test and Trace teams, because you’ve come into contact with an infected person.

Those who break the 14-day quarantine rule after being on holiday also face the fine.

You will be told to wear a face coverings

From today, businesses must by law remind customers to wear face coverings where mandated.

Curfews for cinemas and tourism businesses

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Cinemas and tourism businesses such as casinos and bingo halls will face a 10pm curfew.

Cinemas, theatres and concert calls can stay open if the performance started before 10pm.

But food and drink should not be served after this time.

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