THE Government has published the full list of brand new measures that are coming into force today in a desperate bid to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

The full set of measures and rules for people living across England have been revealed and it outlines what exactly you can and cannot do from now on.

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The rules, which came into force on September 24, are in addition to rules already enforced in parts of the North-East under local lockdown.

They detail what exactly has changed with face coverings, business opening times, social gatherings, penalties and working from home. 

Here is the full list:

Face Coverings

The new rules state that customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings, although this was introduced on September 23.

From September 24, customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

The same applies to staff in hospitality and retail, who will now also be 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 will now become law.

Meanwhile staff working on public transport and taxi drivers will continue to be advised to wear face coverings.

Working from home

The Government's message on working from the office has changed and is now urging people to work from home, where it does not hurt businesses.

The guidance says: "To help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter.

"Where an employer, in consultation with their employee, judges an employee can carry out their normal duties from home they should do so.

"Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.

"Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work."


Businesses selling food or drink, which includes 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 will include 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 indoors, on site.

Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.

Meeting people safely

Support groups must be limited to a maximum of 15 people.

Indoor organised sport for over 18s will no longer be exempt from the rule of six. There is an exemption for indoor organised team sports for disabled people.

There will be a new exemption in those areas of local intervention where household mixing is not allowed to permit friends and family to provide informal childcare for children under 14.


Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people (this is down from 30).

Other significant standalone life events will be subject to the ‘rule of six’ limits, except funerals from 28 September.

Plans to reopen business conferences, exhibition halls and large sporting events, from 1 October have temporarily placed on hold.

The expectation is that the measures described above will need to remain in place until March.

What happens if you flout the rules

The penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will now double to £200 for a first offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.