Health Secretary Matt Hancock said couples living separately in Tier 2 could only see each other outside.
Mr Hancock raised a public issue at the Downing Street press conference to keep the public informed of the transition from the lockdown in stages due to take place this Wednesday (December 2nd).
Mr. Hancock said, “The rules of what exactly is allowed on each of the levels are on the Gov.uk. Website.
“I’ll start my answer with this because for anyone watching when you find yourself in a particular situation, it is best to look carefully at the rules.
“Now, of course, I understand the implications for people in long-term relationships, and we have taken special precautions.
“But the general rule for those in Tier 2 is that the rule of six apply outdoors, including in a private yard, for example, but indoors you should only mix with people in your own household. “
Earlier, he told the briefing that “we have this virus back under control”.
He said that in England cases have fallen by 30% in the past week.
“This is clearly good news. It shows that the national restrictions have been successful, ”he said.
“What it means in practice is that through all of the national lockdown compliance measures and all that the people have sacrificed, we have reduced the pressure on the NHS and the number of cases of coronavirus that is back under control. “
When he was talking about mass testing across the country, he urged everyone to offer a test to take and told him “You could just save a life”.
Speaking at the press conference on Downing Street, he said: “If you have Covid without symptoms and still infect others, of course it is a silent danger.
“You would not know that you are risking lives around you.
“So everyone, if you are offered a test, please take it, you could just save a life.”