PRIME Minister Boris Johnson outlined a series of new coronavirus rules yesterday (September 22) , in a bid to control case numbers across the UK.

Public Health England has confirmed that on Tuesday the UK passed 400,000 cases with a daily rise of 4,926, the highest 24-hour increase since May 7, two of these cases were in the Test Valley area.

Prime Minister told MPs : “In the last fortnight daily hospital admissions in England have more than doubled.

“Tens of thousands of daily infections in October would, as night follows day, lead to hundreds of daily deaths in November and those numbers would continue to grow unless we act.”

So here is everything you need to know about the new rules and how they will affect you.

What are the new rules on socialising?

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  • A total six people from different households can meet up both indoors and outdoors.
  • The six people rule includes children.

Exemptions to the rule of six

  • If your household or support bubble is larger than six
  • Education and training
  • Workplaces
  • Protests and political events, if coronavirus rules are followed
  • Jury duty or other legal commitments
  • Children's play groups and youth clubs
  • Support groups, such as for addiction or abuse

Face masks

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  • Face masks now must now be worn by: taxi drivers, bar staff, waiters, retail workers
  • Customers in indoor cafes, bars and restaurants must wear a mask until they are seated at a table to eat or drink


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  • Failure to wear a mask can result in a £200 fine
  • Breaching the rule of six can result in a £200 fine
  • Repeat offenders will have their fines doubled for successive offences, up to a maximum of £3,200.


  • Work from home if you can
  • You should continue to go to work if you cannot work from home

Bars, pubs and resturants

  • A 10pm curfew will start on Thursday for bars, pubs and restaurants
  • Hospitality sector will offer a table service only service, except for takeaways.


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  • Indoor team sports are now banned
  • Group exercise classes are exempt from the rule of six, as long as they are organised under Covid-secure guidelines.
  • The UK government has listed 30 organised sports which are permitted with more than six participants. It says others will also be allowed if a sport's organising body has published guidelines.
  • Spectators returning to sports venues will now not go ahead


  • Places of worship are to remain open


  • Schools, colleges, universities are to remain open


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  • Wedding ceremonies and receptions are now allowed a maximum of 15 people from Monday, September 28


  • Up to 30 people can attend a funeral

How long should I self-isolate?

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People who have symptoms of coronavirus should isolate for 10 days and arrange to get tested.


  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

Other members of your household should isolate for 14 days.