Ban on more than six people meeting
Social gatherings of more than six people from different households will be banned from Monday (September 14) to halt a steep rise in Covid-19 cases.
The new move will make it illegal for larger groups to meet socially both indoors and outdoors.
It will also apply in people’s own homes and in bars and restaurants.
However, it will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure or places of worship. Up to 30 people will still be able to attend weddings and funerals.
Organised team sports will also be exempt.
Household bubbles – including support bubbles – which have more than six people will also be exempt from the new policy.
Those breaking the new law will face fines of £100, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200.
The ban comes as the figures show the number of under 30s testing positive for the Coronavirus has risen sharply since the beginning of July.
There is growing concern that although younger people are more resilient to the effects of the virus, it will jump to older generations who are more vulnerable and suffer worse symptoms.
You can find the latest information, including further details of what you can and cannot do, from the Government website here (external link).
People are again being reminded that even after these new rules come into place they should still:
- Wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds
- Wear a face covering, when in a public enclosed space
- Keep at least two metres from people (socially distance)
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