What the rule of six means for going to the pub

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What the rule of six means for going to the pub

The Rule of Six has come into force across the UK from today meaning no more than six people are allowed to gather either at home, in public spaces or in places such as pubs, cafes and restaurants.

The exact rules vary slightly depending on where you are in the UK – with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland defining whether the six people include children – and whether there is a limit on the number of households that can make up the six people.

It comes amid a surge in Covid-19 cases this month, with 3,300 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours alone, reports The Mirror.

Until today, groups were limited to just one other household inside, and two households outside, up to a maximum of 30 people.

Pubs and diners will be asked to limit the number of people sat together to just six.

It means if there are more of you, your group could be separated and asked to sit at least two metres apart.

Business owners have the right to refuse to serve customers who break their rules but it is not something all pubs have to enforce.

People caught flouting the rules could be slapped with a £100 fine each, which can be doubled for each recurring offence, up to £3,200.

Large families (who live at the same address) and support bubbles are exempt from the new regulations, as are gatherings of more than six people for work or education purposes.

Weddings, funerals and organised sports teams will still be able to go ahead from Monday, as long as they are Covid-19-safe.

The government said: “Putting the new, lower limit in law will make it easier for the police to identify and disperse illegal gatherings.”

  • Scotland : In Scotland, the rule applies to a maximum of two households

  • Wales : In Wales it applies to the same extended household

  • Northern Ireland : Northern Ireland announced a six person, two household limit on indoor gatherings on August 24, a reduction on a previous restriction of 10 people from four households.

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