Quick Guide: The New Coronavirus Rules

From today, Monday 14 September, the number of people allowed to meet socially has been reduced to six, amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

In England, the limit of six people from multiple households will apply both indoors and outdoors, and to all ages. So, gatherings in private homes, venues like pubs and restaurants, and in outdoor spaces like parks will all be affected.

Here’s a bit more detail to help guide you:

Can I still go to the pub or to a place of worship?
Yes. Pubs, restaurants, shops and other venues will remain open, but people can only attend in groups of up to six. Venues should also allow for social distancing between groups. Similarly, places of worship may remain open but with a limit of six people attending per group.

Will any social events of more than six be allowed?
Some gatherings of more than six people will be allowed in England, for example:

  • If your household or support bubble is larger than six
  • Where gatherings are for work or education purposes
  • Weddings and funerals
  • Team sports organised in a way limiting the spread of coronavirus
  • If you live in a household of more than six you can gather in public or private. However, you will not be able to join with anyone from outside of your household.

Can I be fined for breaking the rules?
The new measures will mean groups larger than six can be broken up by police. Members of the group can be fined if they fail to follow the rules. This will be £100 for a first offence, doubling on each further offence up to £3,200.

What is the guidance on social distancing?
In England, if it’s not possible to be 2m away, you can stay “1m plus” apart. The “plus” means doing something else to limit your possible exposure – like wearing a face covering

What about shopping or public transport?
Face coverings are compulsory if you are using public transport across the UK. Some people are exempt, such as those with certain medical conditions. Coverings must be worn in shops in England. Shop workers are exempt.