Boris Johnson reveals latest coronavirus restrictions on social interactions
Bors Johnson addressed MPs in the Commons to introduce new coronavirus restrictions as cases rise across England.
The Prime Minister announced all pubs and restaurants will have to close by 10pm and can only operate table service, the rules on face masks are being tightened and there will be a maximum of 15 guests allowed at weddings from Monday.
Mr Johnson started by asking all workers who can work from home to do so.
The new restrictions are expected to last for six months and if there is no improvement then even more "drastic measures" could be implemented.
He told MPs: “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.”
Mr Johnson said the Government must “act now to avoid still graver consequences later on”.
He said: “We always knew that while we might have driven the virus into retreat, the prospect of a second wave was real and I’m sorry to say that, as in Spain and France and many other countries, we’ve reached a perilous turning point.”
Mr Johnson said a month ago an average of around 1,000 people across the UK were testing positive for Covid-19 every day, adding the latest figure has almost quadrupled to 3,929.
Boris Johnson said the Government will introduce new restrictions in England “carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in the R number with the minimum damage to lives and livelihoods”.
He told MPs: “I want to stress that this is by no means a return to the full lockdown of March. We’re not issuing a general instruction to stay at home.
“We will ensure that schools, colleges, universities stay open because nothing is more important than the education, health and well-being of our young people.
“We will ensure businesses can stay open in a Covid-compliant way. However we must take action to suppress the disease.”
On how long these restrictions will last Mr Johnson told the Commons: “I fervently want to avoid taking this step, as do the devolved administrations but we will only be able to avoid it if our new measures work and our behaviour changes.
“We will spare no effort in developing vaccines, treatments, new forms of mass-testing but unless we palpably make progress we should assume that the restrictions that I have announced will remain in place for perhaps six months.
“For the time being, this virus is a fact of our lives and I must tell the House and the country that our fight against it will continue.”
The PM added that the rule of six will be extended to indoor team sports and business conferences and sporting events.
He said: “We will also have to extend the rule of six to all adult indoor team sports. Finally we have to acknowledge that the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events, so we will not be able to do this from 1st October and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities.”
He added: “These rules will be enforced by tighter penalties… the penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will now double to £200 for a first offence.”