Boris Johnson once again outlined seven key points of the new lockdown measures for the country.

Addressing the nation from Downing Street, the Prime Minister further explained what would be happening over the coming months to bring down the number of coronavirus cases.

Mr Johnson said he was reluctant to make these restrictions or to infringe on anyone's freedom but it was necessary to control coronavirus.

He said: "This is a freedom loving country.

"But while the vast majority have followed the rules there have been too many breaches."

The measures Mr Johnson announced were as follows:

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  • All pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality in England will be required to fully close by 10pm from this Thursday, they must operate a table service only, except for takeaways.
  • Office workers should work from home, but people in construction, retail and other areas should continue to go to work
  • People who work in retail will have to wear face masks, as will people in taxis and all staff and customers in hospitality will have to wear a face mask unless they are seated at a table to eat and drink.
  • Businesses will be fined up to £10,000 if they breach Covid Restrictions and in retail, leisure and tourism and other sectors, the Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations.
  • From Monday only 15 people will be able to attend weddings, but 30 can still attend funerals
  • The rule of six now applies to all adult indoor team sports
  • Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not be able to reopen as planned from October 1

Mr Johnson also said the government's stragetgy was to keep schools, shops and the economy open while working together to fight coronavirus.

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On Tuesday morning Mr Johnson outlined a range of measures to tackle the rising amount of coronavirus cases in the UK.

The Prime Minister addressed MPs in the House of Commons and said we've reached a "perilous turning point" and that the "time to act was now"

Speaking about how long the restrictions would be in force for Mr Johnson said: "I fervently want to avoid taking this step, as do the devolved administrations but we will only be able to avoid it if our new measures work and our behaviour changes.

"We will spare no effort in developing vaccines, treatments, new forms of mass-testing but unless we palpably make progress we should assume that the restrictions that I have announced will remain in place for perhaps six months.

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"For the time being, this virus is a fact of our lives and I must tell the House and the country that our fight against it will continue."

He added: "These rules will be enforced by tighter penalties... the penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will now double to £200 for a first offence."

Boris Johnson told MPs that they will be able to question the Government's scientific advisers more regularly.

He said: "We are taking decisive and appropriate steps to balance saving lives with protecting jobs and livelihoods.

"I know all of this will have profound consequences for our constituents so the Government will give the House every opportunity to scrutinise our decisions in addition to regular statements and debates, honourable members will be able to question the Government's scientific advisers more regularly,"