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Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal

by Nicola Appleton

From Monday 14 September, social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England – with some exemptions – following a steep rise in coronavirus cases across the country.

The Government has announced the change which will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors, with the aim of addressing the recent increase in COVID-19 confirmed cases nationally. This includes meeting in people’s homes and gardens.

Exemptions include within schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports. Also households and support bubbles bigger than six people are unaffected.

Your household is only the people you live with, or people within your support bubble. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with any other household.

The new ruling will be enforced through a £100 fine if people fail to comply, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.

Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“We know that the virus is easily transmitted from person to person and that is why maintaining social distancing is so important to not only protect yourself, but others around you. I welcome the strengthening of the rules which further supports our priority to stop the spread of the virus in our communities.”

There are steps we can all take to stop the spread of the virus:-

If you have symptoms – a higher temperature, new / persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell – stay at home and book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.

  • Limit social interactions with others.
  • Wear a face covering where advised, including in shops and on public transport.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes – bin the tissue and wash your hands.