Coronavirus rules for pubs, restaurants and hairdressers explained

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With coronavirus rules and restrictions under constant review, it can be hard to keep up.

The government recently brought in new restrictions in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus – although there may well be more changes made to these rules on Tuesday once Prime Minister Boris Johnson has addressed the nation.

As it stands, one of the biggest rule changes recently is the banning of groups larger than six.

Strict rules are also in effect across pubs, restaurants, beauty salons and hairdressers.

Those working in close contact industries are now expected to take contact details from customers for contact tracing.

That means you will be asked to give details such as name, address, phone number and email.

This includes all people who are eating in or drinking in a restaurant or bar, but not those who are taking away.

Businesses who don’t comply will now face huge fines, whereas before it was voluntary.

They will have to keep the information for 21 days, and if they are asked they have to hand it over to NHS Test and Trace.

If you refuse to give your details you may be refused entry.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said: “NHS Test and Trace is a vital part of the governments response to fighting coronavirus, designed to help us return to a more normal way of life and reduce the need for local lockdowns in the future.

“The system cannot operate without the cooperation of business. We are now mandating venues collect the necessary contact details and support NHS Test and Trace to stop the spread of the virus.”

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Contact details you may be collected include name, contact number, date of visit, arrival time and departure time.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: "Each and every one of us needs to play our part to control the virus and avoid a second deadly peak.

"While the vast majority of businesses have done an incredible job by following the guidance to keep customers safe, we are now making it the law for certain establishments to collect life-saving NHS Test and Trace data and to keep this on record for 21 days."

He continued: "We need to take these tough measures now to reduce the risk of local lockdowns in the future. If we don’t all pull together to drive this virus down, businesses will need to close and people’s jobs will be put at serious risk."

Those who ignore the “rule of six” can also be fined £100, which doubles upon each offence, up to £3,200.

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