The second wave of the COVID 19 pandemic takes the UK by surprise.



New rules in the UK to protect people and prevent the additional spread of the Coronavirus included wearing masks at all times and maintaining the right amount of distance from one another in public places. There were a few more changes as well to be followed, like using sanitisers as often as possible and making sure that people isolated themselves as soon as they felt that they were sick and given the medication to get better. Although the UK Government opened the economy and markets and started promoting small businesses and companies at the beginning of August, there were changes made. Public restaurants were allowed to function as long as they stayed true to only 50% of their capacity. People were not allowed to gather in a large gathering, and they had to make sure that they had a reason for their meetings.

While the Government initially promoted companies and other small businesses, the consensus was that it would not end positively. They predicted that no matter what precautions people began taking, it did not make sense in the long run since it would lead to the second wave of the virus which was a trend seen in the past, with multiple other countries.

Just as predicted, there was a steep increase in the number affected by the Coronavirus, pushing into the second wave of the pandemic in the UK.

Social gatherings of more than six people were marked illegal from the beginning of September. There were a few exemptions, but the overall verdict was a significant rise in the number of coronavirus cases. The law also banned larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors, but it will not apply to schools or workplaces. They started the idea of COVID-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports that should be fine to continue following the rules and the restrictions that they have been following throughout this time.

Additionally, they are implementing higher fines forcing people to start taking it seriously, enforcing a £100 fine if people fail to comply, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of

£3,200. The new rules came into play on the 14th of September, marking a change to England's current guidance and the rules about them opening up their economy and markets. The previous

guidance stated that two households of any size were allowed to meet indoors or outdoors, or up to six people from different households outdoors. Until that point, the police had no powers to stop gatherings unless they exceeded 30 people, but that changed.

Additionally, employers started working on conducting background checks on the people who were working within their company to make sure that they were in good hands and a proper fit for the entire team. Initially, people got the chance to interact with each other, but that changed with the remote working guidelines which meant there were instances where the people working on the same team had never met or interacted with one another. The DBS check was the most popular one that was used by employers to not only find out about past criminal records but anything else that they might have done in the past that was relevant to their job or the work that they were doing. They could also go through their DBS certificate and gather that information online.

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