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Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation rules?

The number of people allowed to meet socially is being reduced from 30 to six in England, amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

What do the new rules mean and how will they be enforced?

What are the new rules on socialising?

The new limit of six people will apply to social gatherings from Monday.

It will apply both indoors and outdoors, and to all ages.

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.

At present, the rules allow up to 30 people from two households, or six from multiple households, to meet outdoors.

Current guidance says you should only socialise indoors with members of up to two households.

The number of people you can meet is different in other parts of the UK.

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.

The government says: "Putting the new, lower limit in law will make it easier for the police to identify and disperse illegal gatherings."

Will any social events of more than six be allowed?

Some gatherings of more than six people will be allowed, 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.

A full list will be published before the law changes on Monday.

Read more here:


COVID-19 : Business as usual throughout lockdown

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