Social Gatherings – “The Rule of Six”
Following the recent rise in Coronavirus cases, the Government has announced that from Monday 14th September you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply to people of all ages and to gatherings indoors and outdoors – including private homes – as well as public outdoor spaces. The new limit will be enforceable by law – people who break the six-person rule face a £100 spot fine, doubling with each repeated offence to a maximum of £3,200.
The “two- household rule” which effectively allowed up to 30 people from two different households to meet will no longer apply, making all family and social gatherings of more than 6 people illegal. So, for example, a family of 5 will only be allowed to meet one grandparent at a time and families of 6 or more will not be able to meet with anyone at all, indoors or out. There are some important exemptions – the new rules do not apply to educational establishments and workplaces, organised team sports can still take place, as can weddings and funerals with up to 30 attendees. Covid-19 secure venues such as places of worship, gyms, pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups.
Also unaffected are households or support bubbles with more than 6 people in them (a support bubble allows single adult households – i.e. adults who live alone or with dependent children only – to form an exclusive support bubble with one other household) so if your own household either on its own or together with anyone in your support bubble is bigger than 6 in number you can all still socialise – but not with anyone else!
Social distancing, face covering and hand-washing protocols obviously still apply in all settings as appropriate. To endorse this, you will now start seeing the below logo to support the Government’s new advertising campaign to prevent the spread of Coronavirus indoors this winter.
For further information on the Government announcement please see here