A new set of Coronavirus rules were passed since the beginning of September and coming into force on the 14th. While the Government was working on improving the numbers of people affected with the virus while also trying to balance out the damage to the economy, they came up with a decent solution. The Government thought that it would make sense to open up the economy for smaller businesses assuming that people who were indoors for the largest part of the pandemic lockdown would want to step outside and spend some of the money that they saved on having a good time. They began by opening up restaurants, bars, cafes and smaller establishments and made it a point to mention that there were fewer people. Additionally, they also put together several safety rules and forced people to follow them, including sanitising, wearing masks and distancing.
However, all the implemented changes were followed to the best of everyone’s ability, but the UK found that they still had an increasing number of people infected by the Coronavirus. The Government immediately began working on making changes to prevent a significant spread, while balancing on the fine line between the safety of the people and the economy.
Some of the rules that came into effect are:
Social gatherings of more than six people in England were not be allowed according to the law starting on the 14th of September. The new rule applies to people in private homes, indoors and outdoors, and places such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, and public outdoor spaces. Additionally, the age of the people does not matter, while the rule stays the same for people of all ages.
The rule does not apply to schools and workplaces, or weddings, funerals and organised team sports.
There is a more detailed list that the Government is working on with all the exemptions. It will be published a little later.
The police could not fine or punish the public for not following the rules in the past, but that changed and people who ignore the police could be fined £100, which could double with each offence to a maximum of £3,200.
The Government made it a point to implement restrictions on the economy, but did not shut it down while allowing businesses that revolved around people, meeting and connecting with others to function as long as they followed the rules that the Government implemented.
Additionally, companies who could work online or remotely were encouraged to do so. While these changes were common for some, they were quite a large leap for others, which meant that there was a significant learning curve for companies wanting to get through the process.
Employers had to start working on background checks for their employees since they were working with many of them who they did not know or might not have met in person. Using the