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Government Update on Social Contact

Posted: September 9, 2020

The announcement this afternoon was that group sizes will be limited to 6 from Monday.

There are a number of exemptions to this, including households which themselves are larger than 6, education, work, organised team sports, etc. Pubs and restaurants can have more than 6 people in – but separate groups of people within them must be no more than 6.

The following extract from the published guidance summarises the position:

“From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce.

There will be a limited number of exemptions. COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30.

From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law.”

The guidance itself, which details other measures such as increased track and trace:


The full text of the Prime Minister’s speech is at:


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