From today you could be fined £100-plus for breaking this Covid-19 law
From today (Monday September 14) social gatherings of more than six people from different households are banned
It comes as the figures show that the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing.
This means both indoors and outdoors – even in your own homes.
Anyone found ignoring this rule can face a fine of £100 – with the figure being doubled for each further breach up to a maximum of £3,200.
The only exceptions are:
- You live in a household of more than six people
- The people you are meeting are part of your support bubble
- You are at work or at school
- It is part of organised team sport
The new law – which will be enforced by the police – also allows more people to gather at COVID-19 secure venues, such as places of worship and restaurants.
(Please note that while restaurants and bars can be open for larger groups the numbers of people drinking or eating together from different households is limited to six).
Hospitality venues can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.
Weddings and funerals of up to 30 people can still take place in COVID-19 secure venues.
Dr Will Maimaris, Haringey’s Director of Public Health, said: “In recent days we have been seeing COVID-19 figures going up very quickly across the UK.
“But this isn’t a problem just happening somewhere else, it is happening right here in Haringey.
“Unless we all act now to protect our communities, it will be our area, our families and our business which will be hit.
“We can no longer leave it up to someone else – we must all take personal responsibility if we are to bring the virus under control.
“So I’m asking everyone please wear a face covering when you go out; limit the number of people you see socially and keep your distance; and wash your hands more regularly.
“These are small measures, but they make a big difference.
“And if you show any of the signs of having COVID-19, a new cough that won’t go away, a fever or a change or loss of taste or smell, stay at home.”
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