'Rule of six' comes into force

'Rule of six' comes into force

by Tom Martin (September 2020)

SEFTON residents have been urged to follow the new ‘rule of six’ government rules that came into force on Monday.

As of September 14, social gatherings of more than six people are banned both indoors and outdoors in an effort to curb a recent spike in coronavirus cases. 

It means getting together in private homes, venues like pubs and restaurants, and in outdoor spaces like parks will all be affected.

The ‘rule of six’ also includes children in England, which has caused debate because similar rules in Wales and Scotland do not include children under 11 and 12 respectively.

Pubs, restaurants, shops and other venues will remain open, but people can only attend in groups of up to six.

Venues should also allow for social distancing between groups. Similarly, places of worship may remain open but with a limit of six people attending per group.

Some gatherings of more than six people will be allowed in England, for example for work or education purposes, weddings and funerals as well as team sports.

The new measures will mean groups larger than six can be broken up by police.

Members of the group can be fined if they fail to follow the rules. This will be £100 for a first offence, doubling on each further offence up to £3,200.


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