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New coronavirus restrictions in England aim to avoid total lockdown – BBC News

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a series of measures in England designed to avoid another total lockdown. From Monday there will be a ban on groups of more than 6 from meeting anywhere socially both indoors in homes, pubs and restaurants but also outdoors. There are some exemptions for schools, childcare, workplaces or events such as weddings and funerals. Organised team sports will also be allowed. Anyone going out to eat or drink will now be legally required to provide their contact details for test and tracing. The changes are for England only and the police will enforce them. The rules are unchanged in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Huw Edwards introduces reports from our political editor Laura Kuenssberg and health editor Hugh Pym.