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Coronavirus: How has the guidance changed since 22 September?

The government has announced further national measure to address the rising cases of coronavirus in England.

Face Coverings

  • Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face.
  • Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail are now also required to wear face coverings.
  • People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.
  • Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services has now become law.
  • Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers will continue to be advised to wear face coverings.

Businesses

  • Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This includes takeaways, but delivery services can continue after 10pm.
  • In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
  • Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume on site.
  • Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details once the app is rolled out nationally.
  • Businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID Secure:
    • A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to the COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
    • Employers must not knowingly require, or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
    • Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.