New Government Measures
The changes announced 9 September are only applicable in England. Elsewhere in the UK there are separate stipulations, as below.
If meeting outside, the number of people who can gather varies:
- In S cotland, up to 15 people from five different households can meet outdoors
- In Wales, up to 30 people are allowed to see each other outdoors
- In Northern Ireland, the maximum number of people who can meet outdoors has been reduced from 30 to 15
If meeting in your home or hospitality venue:
- In Scotland , up to eight people from three different households
- In Wales , up to four households can form an “extended household”
- In Northern Ireland , up to six people from two households
Social distancing rules and guidelines
Across the UK the advice is to maintain a 2m (6ft) distance from people with whom you do not, but there are some differences:
- In England, if it’s not possible to be 2m away, you can stay “1m plus” apart. The “plus” means doing something else to limit your possible exposure – like wearing a face covering
- In Scotland, there are exemptions to the 2m rule in some places – such as pubs and restaurants. Children aged 11 or under do not need to social distance
- In Wales, the 2m guidance reflects the fact it’s not realistic to stay that far apart somewhere like a hairdresser’s. Primary age children in Wales are also exempt
- Northern Ireland‘s guidance was 1m (3ft) for a time, but is now back at 2m
Additional restrictions apply in local lockdown areas.
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