Coronavirus Minute Info: What you can and can’t do in England from Thursday – new coronavirus rules explained

A raft of new measures are set to be formally outlined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening including restrictions on pub opening times and meeting friends and family.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will outline his latest plans to the nation at 8pm today – as new infections rocketed to 5,000 today.

The new measures are backed by £200 fines and could last for six months.

During an address to MPs today, Mr Johnson said the rules will be enforced by councils and police, and will be followed by tougher lockdown measures if people fail to comply.

This is what you will and won’t be able to do in England after new rules come into force on Thursday.

Late-night drinking and eating

Pubs and restaurants will have to close at 10pm.

Mr Johnson said this is the time their doors must shut – not the time to call last orders.

People used to drinking until 11pm – or even at venues that could stay open until 2am or 4am – will now have to go home at 10pm.

Queuing at the bar

All service must now be to tables, Mr Johnson said. You will have to wear a mask at all time in pubs, cafes and restaurants unless you are sitting at a table and your orders have to be brought to you.

Serving customers without wearing a mask

All staff will now have to wear a mask in hospitality and retail venues. Customers will all also have to wear masks in taxis.

Indoor sports

All indoor sports will now be subject to the Rule of Six- so no more than six people will be allowed to participate.

Going to work

Mr Johnson says people should, wherever possible, work from home. This is a U-turn on the previous policy of getting people back into their workplaces.

Watch sports

The planned return of spectators from October 1 will not go ahead.

Go to a wedding

The number of people allowed at a wedding in England has been reduced from 30 to 15.

Go to a funeral

Funerals will still be allowed to have 30 people.

Meeting friends and family

The rules of six still applies – in any location. No more than six people are allowed to meet. This goes for friends and family.


The rule of six applies – no more than six people are allowed to gather indoors or outdoors, in public or private.

Go to school

Schools and universities will stay open, as will all childcare measures and nurseries.

Go to church

All places of worship will stay open.


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