- The Government message has now changed on when face coverings will be required. Masks must now be worn from 24 September. Follow this story for the latest.
Boris Johnson laid out the areas where the face covering rule has been extended to, as part of the Government's bid to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Cabinet Office has now confirmed to The Morning Advertiser, the rule will come into force from Monday (28 September).
Johnson said: “We must act from the virus being transmitted in bars and restaurants," he said. "We will extend the requirement to wear face coverings to include staff in retail, all users of taxis and private hire vehicles and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.
“In retail, leisure and tourism and other sectors, our Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations. Businesses will be fined and could be closed if they breach the rules.”
Johnson also confirmed the Government’s planned 10pm curfew for all pubs, restaurants and bars from Thursday (24 September), alongside table service only at the same time.
Simplicity is paramount
“From Thursday all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a table service only, except for takeaways," Johnson said.
“Together with all those venues, they must close at 10pm. To help police enforce this rule, it means closing, not just calling for last orders because simplicity is paramount.
“The same will apply to takeaways though deliveries can continue thereafter.”
Johnson also explained the rule of six will be “tightened” among new restrictions for social gatherings.
“From Monday (28 September) a maximum of 15 people will be able to wedding ceremonies and receptions," he said.
“Though up to 30 can still attend a funeral as now. We will also have to extend the rule of six to all adult team sports."
The PM added: “We have to acknowledge the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events.
“So we will not be able to do this from 1 October and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities and the Chancellor and Culture Secretary are working urgently on what we can do now to support them.”
Johnson also mentioned that unless we “palpably make progress, we should assume the restrictions I have announced, will remain in place, for perhaps, six months."