The New ‘Rule Of Six’ And What You Need To Know From Today

By Rachael Grealish

The government’s new ‘Rule of Six’ comes into effect from today, Monday September 14, meaning there’s now a ban on social gatherings of more than six people.

This new ban has been introduced across England, Scotland and Wales, only.

The ‘rule of six’ is being implemented to tackle the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases – the most recent being more than 3,400 positive cases in the U.K. within 24 hours.

So, what are the rules on social gatherings?

  • From Monday September 14 (today), gatherings of more than six people are illegal, unless it meets one of a limited list of exemptions
  • 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
  • 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

Who’s exempt?

  • 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

And 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
  • Venues could be fined if they fail to ensure their premises remain COVID-secure, such as failing to take specified steps to collect contact information or taking bookings for groups of more than six people

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