COVID-19: Information & Advice for the Public

Following the recent government announcement, we answer some of the common questions surrounding the new guidelines…

We’re sure that many of us can relate to feelings of confusion surrounding the recent COVID rules and updates.

On Monday 14th September the ‘rule of six’ came into force, prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people to help fight against coronavirus.

As just one of many new laws we must follow, what do the new rules mean and what can we do to help?

Because let’s face it, many of our favourite businesses, local and afar, simply cannot afford further closure.

Below we touch upon some of the common concerns surrounding the new legislation:

There are more than six members in my household, are we able to eat out together as a group?

Yes. The Government have specifically outlined that family members residing in the same household are able to dine out as a group, irrespective of the rule of six. However, do be prepared to provide evidence that you all live at the same address, such as proof of ID.

“Be prepared to provide evidence that you all live at the same address, such as proof of ID.”

After a recent meal out, I’ve been left feeling concerned and disappointed with the restaurant’s approach to the new rules surrounding COVID. Staff were joining tables to accommodate for larger groups and they weren’t wearing PPE. Additionally, no-one seemed to be following the one-way system. What can I do?

By law, no hospitality venue should be accommodating groups larger than six unless they’re from the same household. It’s obligatory for all hospitality and retail staff to be wearing face masks and venues must display a clearly marked one-way system.

If you have any complaints or worries about a particular venue, it’s vital you report it. We are being encouraged to report any incidents to the Public Protection Partnership, or by calling the non-emergency police services on 101.

“No hospitality venue should be accommodating groups larger than six unless they’re from the same household.”

I’m attending a funeral where 30 guests will be attending the service, can I attend the wake at a nearby restaurant?

No, unless you have been asked to attend as part of the group of six. Funerals are not allowed to accommodate more than six persons at the wake.

I recently visited my local pub with five friends and we were asked to provide our individual details, is this obligatory?

It is only required that one member of the group provides their details to the venue. It is then that person’s responsibility to contact the rest of the group should they be notified to do so from the venue for test and trace purposes.

“I normally grab a quick coffee, what does this mean for me?”

I usually grab a quick coffee on my lunch break, do I still need to give my details for test and trace?

That all depends on how long you’re planning to stay. The Government state that you do not need to provide your details for test and trace unless you’re inside the premise for over 15 minutes.

I’m planning a family meal out with my two children, are they included in the group of six?

Yes.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to send them into info@newburybid.com.

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