Coronavirus (COVID-19)—new law prohibits gatherings of more than six

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—new law prohibits gatherings of more than six

The Home Office has reported that new laws prohibiting gatherings of more than six people (in both indoor and outdoor settings) come into effect on 14 September 2020 in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Police will be able to disperse gatherings of over six people and fine individuals involved £100, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200. The rule, which applies across England, will be ‘kept under constant review and will only remain in place as long as is necessary’.

The new rule replaces the existing ban on participating in gatherings of more than 30 and the current guidance on allowing two households to meet indoors.

Exemptions to the rule against gatherings of more than six people include cases where a single household or support bubble is larger than six people. In addition, the rule does not apply to gatherings for work or education purposes, and to other gatherings including team sports, weddings, funerals, places of worship, gyms and restaurants ‘organised in a COVID-19 secure way’.

Source: Rule of six comes into effect to tackle coronavirus

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