Why has this nationwide restriction been introduced?
England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance have announced urgent action is required to manage the rising number of positive coronavirus cases.
The UK hit its highest number of positive cases at 3,539 on September 11, the highest level for four months.
When announcing the new restrictions last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government was introducing the rules and mandating stricter enforcement as “rules have become quite complicated and confusing”.
Mr Johnson said: “We have spoken to police officers about what they need for an effective enforcement regime and of course, listened to the feedback from you, the public.
“In response, we are simplifying and strengthening the rules – making them easier for you to understand and for the police to enforce.
“I should stress that if we are to beat the virus then everyone, at all times, should limit social contact as much as possible and minimise interactions with other households.
“It is safer to meet outdoors and you should keep your distance from anyone you don’t live with, even if they are close friends or family.”