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Rule of six

The rule of six came into force requiring people in England to keep to groups of six or less in all situations.

It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

  • HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6.

  • You can meet up to 5 other people – maximum of 6 in a group including yourself.
  • The new rule applies to people in private homes, indoors and outdoors, and places such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and public outdoor spaces.
  • It applies to all ages in England.
  • Continue to follow social distancing rules – 2 meters between people from different households.
  • Continue to wear a face covering for the entire journey when using public transport, and carry hand sanitiser and wash your hands before and after you travel
  • Limit how many different people you see within a short period of time.
  • Meet people outdoors where practical: meeting people outdoors is safer than meeting people indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation.
  • People who ignore the rule of 6 could be fined £100 - doubling with each offence to a maximum of £3,200. 

This rule does not apply for

  • Work
  • Childcare and education, including supervised activities 
  • Organised sport or exercise classes 

On 22 September, the Prime Minister outlined a change in the rules:

  • If you can, you should work from home.
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues will close at 10pm and only offer table service. You must wear a face covering at all times, except when you are sitting down to eat or drink. Staff will also be required to wear face coverings during their shift. Restaurants can continue doing deliveries after 10pm. 
  • Face coverings are compulsory for retail staff, in taxis and public hire vehicles, public transport, shops, galleries, and places of worship. The first offence fine for failing to wear a face covering will double to £200.
  • The maximum number of people who can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions will now be 15. Funerals can still allow a maximum of 30 people. 
  • Public events, conferences, and audiences at sporting events are not restarting.
  • If you break the rules on self-isolation you could be fined between £1000 up to £10,000. 

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