The UK implements the rule of six to avoid a second national lockdown
Posted on 10/09/2020

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Boris Johnson has issued a new restriction in light of a possible second wave of coronavirus cases in the UK. From Monday, social gatherings will be limited to a group of six persons, and breaking this rule will result in a heavy fine, with £100 pounds for the first offence and a maximum of £3,200, doubling at each offence.

Rising cases, new regulations

Rising cases, new regulations
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Professor Chris Whitty, the government's chief medical officer explained that this new rule could be in place for numerous months, especially as the colder seasons begin to hit the country. "Everybody I think in the country will know, and it has been widely reported that the period over autumn and winter, which is the period when all respiratory viruses have an advantage because people crowd together, more things are done indoors amongst other reasons, it is going to be difficult."

Whitty broke down the statistics and reported that over the past few days the number of cases were rising rapidly, especially for people between the ages of 17 and 21. However, he also confirmed that schools and universities will remain open until there is a dramatic spike in the number of cases amongst the students. To encourage compliance, Boris Johnson who was addressing the new regulations alongside Witty, addressed a special message for young people. "My message to students is simple. Please, for the sake of your education and your parents' and your grandparents' health: wash your hands, cover your face, make space and don't socially gather in groups of more than six, now and when term starts", he said.

Along with the rule of six, the government has made it mandatory for all hospitals to collect, test-and-trace details of their patients. Likewise, public venues like pubs, restaurants and cafes, are also obliged to collect contact-tracing information from their customers in order to increase the efficiency of the NHS test and trace protocol.

Workplaces, childcare centers, as well as places of worship are however exempted from this regulation. Weddings, funerals and "Covid-secure" team sports will proceed if they have no more than 30 people involved.

"It breaks my heart to have to insist on these restrictions upon individuals, upon families, grandparents. There's nobody in government who conceivably wants to do this," said Johnson.