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The New Rule of Six

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday 14th September

The New Rule of Six

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The law change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors. It will not apply however to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports. It will be enforced through a £100 fine if people fail to comply, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200. At present, the guidance says two households of any size are allowed to meet indoors or outdoors, or up to six people from different households outdoors. Until now the police have had no powers to stop gatherings unless they exceeded 30.

What are the new rules on socialising?

The new limit of six people will apply to social gatherings from Monday 14th September. It will apply both indoors and outdoors, and to all ages. So, meeting up socially in private homes, venues like pubs and restaurants, and in outdoor spaces like parks will all be affected. Current guidance says you should only socialise indoors with members of up to two households.

How many people can I meet outdoors?

From Monday 14th September you can meet up to six people from multiple households outdoors.

At what distance?

The 1m ‘plus’ rule is still in force in England.

How many people can I meet indoors?

You can only socialise indoors with members of up to two households from Monday 14th September.

If you are unsure about the new rules, please speak to us on 01283 528528 or email 

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