As of Monday (14 September) the new ‘rule of six’ means that indoor and outdoor gatherings must be limited to six people from multiple households.
The law replaces existing guidance on no more than two households meeting indoors, meaning that the six individuals can be from up to six households.
Some exceptions to this include places of worship, restaurants, pubs, shops and places of work. If you live in a household or have a support bubble of more than six people, you may still gather in public
In England, the “rule of six” will not be changed to exempt children under 12. Similar rules in Wales and Scotland do not include children under 11 and 12.
What happens if you break the rules?
Boris Johnson has warned that there will be be on-the-spot fines of £100, which will double on repeat offences up to £3,200, for those breaking the rules, which he said were to “avoid a second national lockdown”.
Over the weekend police dispersed a number of illegal gatherings and parties. If they continue to take place and people fail to comply with police they could be faced with fines of up to £10.000.
For more information and list of exemptions visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing