Social gatherings indoors or outdoors of more than six people are set to be banned in England.
On Monday 14 Sept., it will be illegal for groups of more than six people to meet in homes, parks, restaurants, and pubs. Schools, places of work or "COVID-secure" weddings, funerals, and team sport is not included in the ban. "This is really simple. Gatherings are OK, they should be socially distanced of course, but groups only of up to six," secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock told BBC breakfast.
A fine of £100 will be enforced for people not complying with the new rules. The offence doubles on each offence with a maximum fine of £3,200. However, there are of course a few exceptions. If you are a household of more than six you can still gather and go to restaurants together, but this does mean you cannot gather with another household. Additionally, if you are in a support bubble, you can gather with your chosen household.
The move comes after a rise in coronavirus cases has been reported. On Monday, 2,948 new UK cases were recorded marking a "sharp rise", according to Hancock.
These rules only apply to England, there are different rules for Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Additionally, if you live in an area where local lockdown restrictions have been imposed you must adhere to those guidelines.