here are changes afoot this weekend. Some new ‘freedoms’ and further penalties for rule-flouting.
The Government will double the maximum fines doled out to people who “repeatedly” flout rules on wearing face coverings. Fines for repeat offenders will double to a maximum of £3,200, while new penalties of up to £10,000 will be introduced for people hosting raves and other unlawful gatherings of more than 30 people.
Meanwhile, France and the Netherlands (plus Malta and Monaco) will join the quarantine list on Saturday.
A reminder that masks are currently mandatory in England on public transport and in indoor venues including shops and supermarkets, banks, hairdressers and visitor attractions. People should: “wear a face covering before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it” according to the rules.
From Saturday, bowling alleys, skating rinks, casinos and soft play areas can reopen. Wedding receptions for up to 30 people and some indoor performances will also be permitted from Saturday,