The Rule of Six

14 September 2020

Revised Anti Covid Advice 

Announcing the detail of the rule change in England on Wednesday 9th September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "we must act" to avoid another lockdown, amid a rise in virus cases. Mr Johnson said the rules had "become quite complicated and confusing" and the government was "simplifying and strengthening" them after feedback from police and the public.

The new "rule of six" means:

  • Social gatherings of more than six people in England will not be allowed in law from today - Monday 14 September
  • The new rule applies to people in private homes, indoors and outdoors, and places such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and public outdoor spaces
  •  It applies to all ages
  • The rule does not apply to schools and workplaces, to people living together or in the same support bubble, or to weddings, funerals and organised team sports

The full list of exemptions also includes protests and political activities subject to "strict risk assessments", jury service and providing emergency assistance

People who ignore the police could be fined £100 - doubling with each offence to a maximum of £3,200

In Scotland, a maximum of six people from two households can meet from Monday 14th September. Unlike England, children under 12 will not be included.

In Wales, from Monday 14th September it will be illegal for more than six people from an extended household to meet indoors. The rule will not apply to children aged 11 and under. Up to 30 people from different homes can still meet outside. Northern Ireland has not announced any changes.

ATDC Advice to Regional Event Organisers

The ATDC strongly advise all members and Regions to follow the Government law. The Rules and Guidance above provide the most up to date information, as of Friday 11th September 2020.

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