TOUGHER fines will be introduced to crack down on people breaking coronavirus guidelines, including new measures revealed today.

People working in retail, those travelling in taxis, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality except while seated at a table to eat or drink will now have to wear face coverings.

The rule of six will be extended to include all adult team sports. And plans to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events on October 1 have been scrapped.

These restrictions could be in place for six months and will be enforced with a doubled first offence fine of £200 for people not wearing masks or breaking the rule of six.

It comes after the government U-turned on encouraging people back into offices and now insist that working from home should be done wherever possible.

Mr Johnson told MPs: "In the last fortnight, daily hospital admissions in England have more than doubled.

"Tens of thousands of daily infections in October would, as night follows day, lead to hundreds of daily deaths in November and those numbers would continue to grow unless we act."

"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.

"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."

To those shielding, Mr Johnson added: "Following advice from our senior clinicians, our guidance continues to be that you do not need to shield, except in local lockdown areas, and we will keep this under constant review.

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

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