How and when to watch Boris Johnson’s coronavirus speech today

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Yesterday, on September 8, Downing Street explained how new measures would be put in place in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Previously, guidance in England allowed gatherings of up to six people from different households outdoors, or two households of any size, indoors or outdoors, to meet.

Now it has been announced that there will be a ban of gatherings of more than six people.

The new rule will apply to people of all ages, in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will go into detail about the new rules in a press conference today, September 9.

The new lockdown measures announced today will take effect on Monday, September 14.

When is Boris Johnson’s speech today?

Mr Johnson is expected to hold the press conference from Downing Street at 4pm.

The Prime Minister will be joined by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

You can watch the speech live on BBC News and Sky News.

What are the new rules?

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Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday.

This rule applies to private homes, indoors and outdoors, as well as public places such as bars, pubs, restaurants and cafés.

However, this rule does not apply to Covid-secure schools, workplaces, weddings, funerals and organised team sports.

No 10 said that groups of seven or more people of any age "risk being dispersed by police or fined for non-compliance".

We are still expected to continue washing hands, using face masks, keeping a social distance and getting tested if you have symptoms.

There are some exceptions to the new rules.

For example, households and support bubbles bigger than six people are unaffected.

Those who don’t comply with the rules face a £100 fine, which doubles on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.

  • Lockdown
  • Coronavirus
  • Boris Johnson

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