Rules around meeting people indoors in England could be tightened by the Government in a bid to stem the recent surge in Covid-19 cases.
Reports suggests ministers and top scientists are so concerns over the increased numbers that restrictions seen earlier in the pandemic could again be imposed on households reports The Liverpool Echo.
They could once again restrict how many people can meet indoors according to multiple sources.
ITV political editor Robert Peston tweeted todat that: “The government is to significantly reduce the threshold for lawful gatherings of people in homes from the current 30, perhaps to as low as six, I understand.
“This is a first response to the significant spike to circa 3,000 a day in Covid-19 infections we’ve seen.
“At the moment, attending a gathering of 30 is punishable with a £100 fine and organising such an event risks a £10,000 fine. Under reduced threshold, due to be announced perhaps today, the police would empowered to break up and levy fines on much smaller groups.”
While the explosion of infections in recent days and weeks has been chiefly amongst young people, there is a great concern that this could soon spreads the virus to more and more older and more vulnerable people.
Sky News has also reported that the restrictions will change, meaning the figure for those who can meet in a house in England will be cut from 30 – although the new number is still being decided.
Under the government’s current rules, only groups from two different households should socialise indoors.
But the law says gatherings of 30 people are illegal and £100 fines can be issued for breaches, rising to £3,200 for subsequent offenders.
Numbers of cases in Coventry have soared over the last fortnight although the infection rate per 100K people remains lower than some areas, including Birmingham which has been placed at risk of further lockdown restrictions.
Last week Coventry City Council warned St Michael’s and Lower Stoke wards could be placed into local lockdowns as numbers of infections in those areas rose. However the authority has not disclosed the numbers of infections which prompted that warning.