Social gatherings of more than six people have been banned across Britain in an attempt to curb the rise in coronavirus cases – but tougher measures are being imposed in the worst-hit regions, according to SkyNews
What are the rules on social gatherings?
• Gatherings of more than six people are illegal, unless it meets one of a limited list of exemptionsAdvertisement
• This applies to gatherings both indoors and outdoors in England and Scotland, and indoors in Wales
It applies to all ages in England, and everyone except children under the age of 11 in Wales and under 12 in Scotland
• In Northern Ireland, six people from two different households can meet indoors and groups of up to 15 people outdoors – but localised restrictions have been introduced in Belfast and Ballymena
• Social premises and venues, including pubs and restaurants, are now legally required to request test and trace information from customers and keep the details for 21 days
• Households or support bubbles of more than six people can still gather
• Groups of more than six people are allowed for work or education
• Places of worship, gyms, restaurants and hospitality settings can still hold more than six people in total
• Weddings and funerals are also exempt, with up to 30 people allowed to attend them in England and Wales and 20 people in Scotland
• Organised team sports carried out in a “COVID-secure way” can have more than six people
What happens if you break the rules?
Anyone who breaks the rules on social gatherings will be fined £100, with the penalty doubling on each further repeat offence up to £3,200.
“COVID-secure marshals” will enforce social distancing rules in town and city centres, the prime minister has said.
Border Force are also stepping up the enforcement of quarantine rules for travellers into the country.
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