The backlash over coronavirus restrictions is continuing to grow, even as a raft of new laws were published.

New regulations now require hospitality businesses to “take all reasonable measures” to stop customers singing and dancing.

These businesses are banned from playing music at more than 85 decibels, subject to a £1,000 fine, which it is believed stops the spread of infection by preventing customers having to shout.

In a further tightening of restrictions in the North East, meeting people from other households in pubs and restaurants will be illegal from tomorrow.

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced that 2m people in households in seven council areas of the region, including Newcastle and Sunderland, would be barred from mixing indoors, stepping up from guidance into a legally enforceable ban.

People who fail to self-isolate or give false information to NHS Test and Trace could also be fined, with up to £4,000 for those whose disregard for isolation is “reckless”.

Ministers rejected calls for a review of the 10pm curfew despite warnings from police and scientific advisers that it could be doing more harm than good, as the cut-off point created crowds as customers dispersed into public transport and local shops.

Andy Burnham, Labour mayor of Greater Manchester, said the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants should be scrapped, claiming it meant that homes and supermarkets were “packed to the rafters” once bars closed.

Meanwhile, it is claimed up to 80 Conservative MPs are prepared to back an amendment to the Coronavirus Act, tabled by the chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 committee Graham Brady, demanding debates and votes on all new COVID-19 curbs.

Public Health England statistics revealed just 22 of 532 outbreaks of acute respiratory infections were reported in food outlets in England between September 14 and 20.

A total of 17 of these were confirmed to be cases of covid-19, while the others could have been flu or other viral illnesses. 

British Beer & Pub Association CEO Emma McClarkin said: “The cumulative impact of layering restriction upon restriction is making it harder for pubs to survive. We have already seen a total ban on music in pubs in Scotland, which has seen trade plummet there. The sector has not been consulted on the evidence base for these extra restrictions on music. We are acutely aware of our responsibilities as businesses, but the government is in danger of cutting off any chance of a recovery. Instead of placing further restrictions on pubs, we need the government to focus on putting a proper support package in place to help our sector survive the winter.”