NEW MEASURES INTRODUCED IN RESPONSE TO RISING COVID-19 CASES
As of this month, Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser estimates that the number of new Covid-19 cases per day is doubling every week. We now have about 3000 new cases per day, and the numbers are still rising sharply.
In response to this alarming increase in transmission rates, the Prime Minister announced new measures for England that will come into force next week and last for at least the next six months. New measures include:
- Office workers will again be asked to work from home if they can.
- Pubs, bars and restaurants will be required to close at 10pm, and restricted to table or takeaway service only.
- Face coverings will have to be worn in taxis and private hire vehicles, and by retail staff whilst at work.
- Indoor team sports of more than six people will not be permitted, and the planned return of spectators to sports has been delayed.
- Wedding ceremonies and receptions will be capped at 15 people from Monday.
You can see the full government advice here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
I urge all of my constituents to comply scrupulously with the new rules on mask wearing, socialising and working. I very much hope that these measures will be enough to halt the spread of Covid-19 so that we do not see further lockdowns, putting more pressure on our struggling businesses and schools.
NHS TEST AND TRACE APP GOES LIVE ON THURSDAY
From Thursday, you should be able to download the NHS Test and Trace App onto your phone at the Apple App Store or on Google Play. The app is designed to tell you if you have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for the virus.
Certain businesses are already required to take contact details for at least one member of every party of customers. In addition to keeping track of whose phone your phone has been close to, the new app will allow you to “check in” at restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues automatically by scanning a QR code upon arrival. If you don’t use the app to check in, the business will still need to ask you to supply your contact details manually.
Businesses are required to refuse entry to those who refuse to participate in the above rules.