New Covid-19 Lockdown Rules & Fines for England: Here is Everything You Need to Know

New Covid-19 Lockdown Rules & Fines for England: Here is Everything You Need to Know

Bhumesh Verma 05/11/2020 8
New Covid-19 Lockdown Rules & Fines for England: Here is Everything You Need to Know

England's second lockdown has started today and will last until the 2nd December 2020.

People are urged to work from home and only leave under specific reasons. Those who seriously flout the new lockdown restrictions in England will face steep fines. 

New rules and tougher fines have been introduced to encourage people to stay at home. The government's furlough scheme will be extended to prevent job losses. 

Tougher Fines Introduced

Households are also banned from mixing indoors or in private gardens, unless in a support bubble. 

Currently, there is a £200 fine for each breach which doubles on every offence up to a maximum of £6,400.

You could face a fine of £4,000 if you put someone else' life in danger. 

You may also be fined £1,000 if you have tested positive and given false information about your close contacts to NHS test and Trace.

Organisers of large gatherings face a £10,000 fine.

New Lockdown Rules for England

Here are the new lockdown rules and main restrictions from today until the 2nd of December 2020.

  • Schools, Universities, public toilets, dentists, opticians and other essential businesses remain open
  • Pupils and teachers in all of England's secondary schools and colleges are now required to wear face coverings in communal areas and corridors
  • Pubs and restaurants are closed, but takeaways are allowed
  • Non essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues must close
  • No Households mixing indoors or outdoors, unless in your support bubble
  • Stay at home - Only leave for specific reasons including work, groceries and education
  • Work from home if you are a non essential worker
  • Gyms are closed. However, outdoor recreation is encouraged, you can meet one person outside your household 
  • Children can move between the homes of their parents if they are separated or divorced.
  • Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only remain open for those who have to travel for work. Avoid non-essential travel. 
  • Shoppers will be able to click and collect from specific retailers 

The government's furlough scheme - which pays 80% of workers' wages - will be extended until March 2021 to prevent further job losses.

The Bank of England is set to pump an additional £150bn into the economy amid a resurgence of covid-19 cases and record low interest rates of 0.1%.

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  • Paul Byrne

    When the politicians and scientists who come up with these rules break them, is it possible it's just arbitrary nonsense?

  • Sarah Johnson

    I guarantee we will be in a third lockdown not long after this one.

  • Chris Schollenberger

    Stay safe everyone

  • Reece Taylor

    We are living through dangerous times

  • Dean Outen

    The new lockdown measures are annoying.

  • Connor Willis

    They just want super stores to make money and cut small shops

  • Anna Fisher

    Bring back our freedom

  • Danny Meek

    I don’t know what’s worse covid-19 or businesses going bust.

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Bhumesh Verma

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Bhumesh is the Managing Partner of Corp Comm Legal, an Indian law firm. He is ranked among the Top 100 Indian corporate lawyers. He is advising domestic and foreign companies on M&A, joint ventures, corporate - commercial issues. Besides, he has written a book on Drafting of Commercial Agreements, has a couple of books in pipeline and trains students and professionals on Drafting Skills and corporate laws. He writes regularly on legal, business & other issues and is a guest faculty lecturer with educational institutes. Bhumesh holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Delhi and a further qualification in International Law and Legal Studies from College of Law, York.


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