Rule of six comes to tackle coronavirus
Rule applies across indoor and outdoor settings, with police able to disperse gatherings of over six people and fine individuals involved.
New laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people come into effect on Monday 14 September, as the Government calls on the public to remain vigilant in the fight against coronavirus.
The new “rule of six” simplifies and strengthens the rules on social gatherings, making them easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce.
It means that – apart from a set of limited exemptions including work and education – any social gatherings of more than six people will be against the law.
Police will be able to disperse any such gatherings and fine individuals involved £100, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200.
The rule applies across England and replaces the existing ban on participating in gatherings of more than 30 and the current guidance on allowing two households to meet indoors.
Now the only rule that people need to remember is to not participate in social gatherings of more than six people in any setting, indoors or outdoors.
Exemptions include cases where a single household or support bubble is larger than six people. The rule also does not apply to gatherings for work or education purposes, and to other gatherings including weddings, funerals, and team sports organised in a COVID-19 secure way.
Venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines – such as places of worships, gyms, restaurants and other hospitality venues – can still hold more than six people in total. But within those venues, there must not be individual groups larger than six, and groups must not mix socially or form larger groups.
The rule will be kept under constant review and will only remain in place as long as is necessary.
The most important thing everyone can do is remember the basics: Hands. Face. Space.
further infromation on The Rule of six:
Information on social distancing/exemptions