All the loopholes in Boris Johnson's new coronavirus rules – from theatres to takeaways

BORIS Johnson has announced a swathe of new coronavirus laws this week, which will come into place in the coming days.

But the rules – which differ across the four nations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – are littered with loopholes and exemptions.

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Here are all the differences in the rules and how you can (legally) get around them.

Off-licences stay open

Pubs will have to shut at 10pm, but-off licences and supermarkets remain open across England if people want to buy booze after the curfew.

However, in Wales supermarkets will also shut up shop and refuse to sell people alcohol – over fears that people are getting drunk and failing to social distance.

Drinking after hours can continue

People can carry on drinking in their own homes, even after the pubs close, though.

Up to six people can meet indoors in England under the current rules.

That doesn't apply in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, however, where mixing households indoors is banned or limited.

But people in Scotland and Northern Ireland will be able to carry on drinking in private gardens, as long as they follow the rule of six.

Extra friends can come along to weddings if they're working

While the number of people who are allowed to go to weddings has been slashed from 30 to 15 from September 28 there is a very handy loophole to squeeze in some extra friends.

The new guidance says "anyone working is not counted as part of the limit".

So technically, you could hire your friends as waiters – or musicians if they have a bit of talent- so they can watch you tie the knot.

They won't be able to join the dinner, which can only be, sit-down, but they will be able to be present at the main ceremony.

Theatres & cinemas can stay open past 10pm if it started before

But you must get your popcorn in beforehand.

The guidance says: "cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open after 10pm, only if the performance started before 10pm.

"They should not serve food or drink after this time."

Drive thrus are on

Maccies fans will be delighted to know that even though they can't walk in to pick up a burger and shake on their way home – you will be able to use a drive thru, at least in England.

Restaurants can still serve take-away food, but you won't be able to queue up at the kebab shop once the clock strikes 10pm.

Bring someone else into your house if they're working

The guidance means people can only meet in your house if there are no more than six of you.

But that doesn't apply if where a group "includes someone who is working".

The guidance says that they "are not counted as part of the gatherings limit".

The rules give them example of a tradesperson going into a household to do some work – so if you have something that needs fixing and your friend is handy with a hammer, you can hire them to come over.

Kids don't count in the rule of six

In Scotland and Wales, kids aren't counted, meaning people can have larger gatherings north of the border but it is limited to two households for adult.

For teens aged between 12-18 in Scotland, they still have to follow the rule of six, but get a free pass from the two-household limit, so they can still hang out with five of their friends.




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