England to ban social gatherings with more than 6 people

  • Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England starting on September 14, the BBC reported. 
  • The ban applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings. 
  • Those who don’t comply will be fined £100 ($130). 
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England will ban social gatherings with more than six people in an effort to curb growing coronavirus cases, the BBC reported. 

The ban will start on September 14 and apply to both indoor and outdoor gatherings, but there will be a few exceptions including for households where there are already more than six people living.

It will also not apply to schools, workplaces, funerals, some weddings, and organized team sports.

Those who fail to comply will be charged a £100 ($130) fine. The amount will double for each violation for a maximum fine of £3,200 ($4,150). 

The move comes as coronavirus cases in the country are on the rise, mostly in young people, Al Jazeera reported. 

“We need to act now to stop the virus spreading,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said according to Al Jazeera. Johnson will give more details in an announcement on Wednesday.

The BBC highlighted that businesses such as pubs and restaurants could have more than six people inside if patrons are practicing socially distancing. 

The rules only apply to England, other territories in the UK can set their own restrictions. 

UK Health officials recorded 2,948 new COVID-19 cases as of Monday across all of the UK. On Sunday, 2,988 cases were recorded. 

On Monday, a top World Health Organisation official, Dr. David Nabarro, warned that a second wave of the COVID-19 “is coming” to the UK.

“I don’t like it calling it a second wave, I just say there are going to be more spikes and indeed some surges of cases because the virus hasn’t changed. It’s the same virus that came and caused so much trouble earlier this year,” he said. 

Officials said that new infections are particularly prevalent among those who are between the ages 17-21. 

On a BBC radio program Matt Hancock, the health minister warned young people on Monday: “Don’t kill your gran by catching coronavirus then passing it on.” 

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