Following a surge in coronavirus cases across the UK, the government has announced gatherings of more than 6 people will be banned in England from Monday (September 14).
The ban will be prevent larger groups from meeting in homes, parks, restaurants and pubs.
However, the ban will not be applied to schools, workplaces, organised team sports, weddings and funerals.
“We need to act now to stop the virus spreading,” Mr Johnson will declare at a Downing Street news conference today (September 9).
“So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact, making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce,” the PM will announce.
“It is absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.”
First time offenders will be fined £100, which will double on each further repeat offence up to £3,200.
The new measures will coincide with the launch of the government’s latest coronavirus campaign “Hands. Face. Space”.
The ban on large social gatherings come after 2,460 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus were confirmed as of 9am on Tuesday, which followed 2,948 on Monday and 2,998 on Sunday – the largest daily figure since May.