EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has backed the new restrictions which come into force today.

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from today – with some exemptions – amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases.

The law change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors, the government said.

But it will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports.

It will be enforced through a £100 fine if people fail to comply, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.

The new rules – which come into force on 14 September – mark a change to England’s current guidance.

Caroline says it is the right move.

“I support this move but I understand what a tricky balancing act this is for ministers and for the public to deal with, but this is important to underpin the return to work and the reopening of schools and universities.

“It is not easy to safeguard health while trying to save jobs and businesses.

“The rise, most marked amongst the under 30s has not yet led to a spike in hospital admissions or deaths.

“So far, young people do not often become seriously ill from the virus.
“But it doesn’t need an expert to see that this highly infectious disease can be spread to the old or vulnerable by younger people if we don’t act.

“We must abide by these rules and any others the government asks us to do.

“Failure to stem the rise in cases now could lead to another lockdown – perhaps even at Christmas – and no-one wants that.

“Young people have been hit hard by Covid through job losses, school, college and university closures and fears over future careers.

“The government recognised this and I am delighted to say that our local businesses are rallying to open up opportunities for them through the Kickstart scheme, launched recently by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak.”