Prime Minister Boris Johnson today confirmed the introduction of new restrictions in order to bring the level of Covid-19 cases down across the country.
Mark has reluctantly supported the Government’s introduction of these measures as necessary to ensure we keep the virus under control, save lives, protect our NHS and maintain jobs.
From Thursday pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10PM and table service will be mandatory. Those that are able to work from home must do so where and if they are able to from today. From today those working in customer-facing roles must wear a facemask when working. Businesses will be fined for not following the guidance. Fines will double for those breaking the rule of 6 to £200 for the first offence committed. All indoor team sports will be cancelled. The number of guests that will be able to attend a wedding will go down to 15.
“We’re at a critical point in our fight against the pandemic. We are much better prepared for a second wave with more ventilators, hospital beds and testing capacity than ever before. However, as the Prime Minister said, complacency could be our undoing. We have to keep going to protect those in our community and those that are most vulnerable and save lives.
I know how many people across the Bolsover constituency have made sacrifices to keep others safe. I am eternally grateful to all of you that have played your part. We need to keep working together - and making sure those who don’t follow the rules are properly punished - to make sure we can defeat this virus.”
The introduction of further restrictions is not what anyone had hoped for at this stage in our fight against the virus, but it is important that we act now to prevent a worse scenario developing and attempt to control the virus as soon as possible.