Household gathering limit to be cut to battle coronavirus spike in England

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The maximum number of people allowed to gather in one house in England will reportedly be cut.

After a concerning spike in coronavirus infections across the country, the figure will be reduced in an effort to reduce the transmission of the virus, Sky News reports.

The Government's current guidance stipulates that only groups from two different households should socialise indoors with less than 30 people at any event.

A gathering with 30 or more attendees is illegal and can be punished with a £100 fine, rising to £3,200 for repeat offenders.

A government source has said the new figure will be less than 30, but the exact number hasn't yet been worked out.

On Monday there were 2,948 new Covid-19 cases reported in England, the highest number since May 22.

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The news comes as lockdown rules change in many parts of the country.

From Tuesday, casinos, bowling alleys and other leisure facilities can re-open everywhere in Greater Manchester except Bolton, which is still struggling to get its outbreak under control.

Socially distanced indoor performances can also resume, and the remaining restrictions on close contact services such as treatments can be lifted.

However residents should continue to not meet with people they don't live with, or in their home or garden.

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