The government has announced the introduction of tough new measures targeting breaches of social distancing restrictions.

Fines for refusing to wear a mask could reach a maximum of £3,200 and illegal rave organisers face a £10,000 penalty.


Under changes coming into force from 15 August:

- Indoor theatre, music and performance venues will be able to reopen with socially distanced audiences
Wedding receptions in the form of a sit-down meal for up to 30 guests will be permitted

- The piloting of a small number of sporting events to test the safe return of spectators will resume, commencing with the final of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre over the weekend

- Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and soft play centres will be allowed to reopen

- "Close contact" beauty services such as facials, eyebrow threading, eyelash treatments, make up application and microblading will resume

- Pilots will take place at conference venues ahead of the expected resumption of business events from 1 October at the earliest