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Short Update: New British coronavirus regulations prohibit groups of more than 6 people, with lengthy exemptions and differences between countries

FairTrialsAdmin - September 14, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences, Rule of Law

New limits on how many people can meet together across the UK have come into force, with lengthy exemptions from this rule, and significant and complicated differences between England, Scotland and Wales. 

In England, new regulations restrict meetings of groups of more than six people from two households indoors and outdoors, unless it is officially organised by a range of organisations including businesses, charities, or public bodies, and they have carried out health and safety assessments. Protests are also exempt, following the same rules, as are certain sporting gatherings, support groups, weddings, and ‘rituals’ and ‘ceremonies’ to celebrate ‘significant milestones’.  

In Wales, a new limit of six people from two households will apply indoors – in houses, pubs and restaurants – and outdoors, including in private gardens. Up to four households are able to join together to form an ‘extended household’ in Wales. This means all the people living in these separate households become part of one extended household for the purposes of the coronavirus restrictions. There are no changes to the rules on meeting outdoors. Gatherings of up to 30 people are permitted outdoors in Wales. 

In Scotland, social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people from two households. The changed rules apply both indoors and outdoors - including in homes, gardens, pubs and restaurants. Exceptions include for organised sports, places of worship and wedding and funeral services - capped at 20 guests. 

In Northern Ireland, last month new restrictions reduced the number of people who could gather indoors in a private home from 10 people from four households, to six people from two households. 

 

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