The new coronavirus law change coming in on Friday and how it will affect Sheffield

New coronavirus laws were introduced on Monday as the sharp rise in Covid-19 infections continues across the UK.

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 11:54 am

The number of people that can attend social gatherings has been slashed to six and the rules will apply across England to all ages and in any setting either indoor and outdoors, at home or a pub.

From Friday, September 18, anyone heading to a pub in Sheffield will have to be aware of new laws being introduced.

Venues where people gather will now be “legally required” to get and keep the contact details of a member of every group for 21 days in order to provide them to NHS test and trace “without delay” if needed.

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Pubs reopening in Sheffield on July 4th. The Riverside pub.

The hospitality venue could face a fine if it fails to stick to the Covid-security standards and the government pledged to back local authorities to make “further and faster use of their powers” against venues who break the rules.

Venues like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas must have a system in place by law to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff by September 18.

A name, a contact number, date of visit, arrival time and – if possible – departure time are among the details which will be needed.

Pubs will still be able to host more than 6 people in total, but people are banned from visiting in a group of greater than 6 (unless you are all from the same household or support bubble).

When you visit one of these places, such as a pub, shop, leisure venue, restaurant or place of worship you should:

- follow the limits on the number of other people you should meet with as a group (it will be illegal to be in group of more than six from outside of your household or support bubble)

- avoid mingling with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know

- provide your contact details to the organiser so that you can be contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme

Fines could be handed out if premises fail to collect contact information or book in groups of more than six. Further details on the rules are soon to be announced.