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Britain's New Limit on Gatherings is Crucial to Lower Infections

Armand Yazdani

Posted on September 11, 2020 23:27

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Following a large rise in COVID-19 cases in the UK, the government has limited gatherings to only six people, which is a crucial step in combatting the virus.

Amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases, the UK government has opted to ban social gatherings with more than six people. According to prime minister Boris Johnson, the new restrictions — originally set to 30 — will be easier for the police to enforce. The gathering limit follows a spike of 2,400 infections in the UK last Tuesday. However, the government allows for multiple exemptions.


Under the new rules, schools, weddings, organized team sports, and funerals shall be exempt, while gatherings will be permitted if households or “support bubbles” are greater than six people. This new limit will take effect next Monday and noncompliance will result in £100 fines and will apply to both indoor and outdoor areas, including parks and restaurants. From a limit of 30 member gatherings, this change may seem sizable, but it’s indispensable. The government’s decision to ban gatherings above six people is both fair and necessary in slowing the pace of COVID-19. 


Even though a limit of six people seems strict, the surge in coronavirus infections suggests otherwise. Cases spiked to 2,948 on Sep. 7 and 2,988 were recorded the day before — the largest rise since May.  Moreover, Britain has reached a death toll of 41,594, surpassing both Italy and Spain in COVID-19 deaths. Although cases are fewer than the UK’s peak cases, they’re still a major uptick. When cases begin to rise at a pace similar to that of May, it indicates that progress has been insufficient and the government was too lax in curbing infections. To eventually weed out the virus, Britons must take the difficult step to distance and temporarily limit their circle of friends they meet. 


Moreover, the rule is fairly lax and also flexible to the times. According to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the limit won’t last “any longer than we have to.” The new rules could therefore be lifted if people follow them and the infection rates dwindle. Additionally, hospitality places and places of worship will still be able to accommodate more than six people. And as previously mentioned, weddings, organized team sports, and funerals are also exempt. This new law will most likely be malleable to how infection rates respond to it.


Even though the jump from meeting in groups of 30 to now six people seems austere, the new regulation is necessary to curb coronavirus cases. Given the recent spike in infections, the government’s actions were just. If infections in September are rising at a rate similar to that of May, it’s paramount that new limits be imposed. The best way to get past the six-person limit will be to adhere to the new rule and keep infection rates down. 

Armand Yazdani

Posted on September 11, 2020 23:27

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