Garages largely untouched by government’s stricter COVID-19 measures

Published:  22 September, 2020

The government’s beefed-up COVID-19 measures announced on Tuesday 22 September fell far short of a return to lockdown, and garages were largely unaffected, although the requirement for retail staff to wear masks is likely to apply to  staff where in garages  where they are not working remotely.

Laying out the series of measures in Parliament that are largely aimed at social settings, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that pubs and other hospitality venues face 10pm curfews nationwide from Thursday (24 September), and that masks will be needed at all times unless seated at a table.

In a reversal of recent policies, workers will be encouraged to operate from home again where it is practical. Schools and universities are set to stay open however. Masks are set to be a requirement in more environments and contexts and, businesses who break rules will be fined. There will be tougher enforcement against people who do not comply.

He warned that restrictions could stay in place for six months. There had been suggestions that the government could enact a two-week mini-lockdown, dubbed a circuit breaker, but so far they have held off on this.

The Prime Minister commented: "We will not listen to those who say let the virus rip, nor to those who urge a permanent lockdown. We are taking decisive and appropriate steps to balance saving lives and protecting jobs and livelihoods."

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