Limits on the number of people you can see socially changed on Monday 14 September. You must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors.

Please remember that washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds will remain critical as we increase social contact.

Graphic promoting COVID-19 Rule of Six guidance - September 2020Follow the rule of six when seeing friends and family from 14 September

Limits on the number of people you can see socially have changed. From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

When seeing friends and family you do not live with you should:

  • meet in groups of 6 or less
  • follow social distancing rules
  • limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time
  • meet people outdoors where practical: meeting people outdoors is safer than meeting people indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation

For further information and guidance see:

Image promoting COVID-19 precautions - wearing of face masksFace coverings from 24 July

Face coverings must now be worn in shops, supermarkets, banks, indoor shopping centres and bus and train stations and public transport.

Face coverings do not need to be a mask, they can be a fabric covering, scarf or bandana - that covers the nose and mouth. For further information visit:

From Saturday 8 August

From Saturday 8 August the list of places where you must wear a face covering will be expanded. To find out more, including exemptions from wearing a face mask, visit:

COVID-19 - Stay socially distanced from 4 July campaign imageSocial distancing from Saturday 4 July onwards

Guidance for the general public who are fit and well

  • You can meet in groups of up to two households (support bubbles count as one household) in any location - public or private.
  • You can continue to meet outside in groups of up to 6 from different households as long as social distancing measures are met.
  • Those who have been able to form a support bubble (i.e. those in single adult households) can continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in the bubble, but you should not change who you have formed a support bubble with
  • additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will be able to open.

Guidance for the over 70s, those with underlying conditions and pregnant women

Some people, including those aged 70 and over, those with certain underlying conditions and pregnant women, are clinically vulnerable, meaning they may be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. As we continue to ease restrictions, this group should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

  • Never visit a clinically vulnerable person if you think you have coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
  • Never visit a clinically vulnerable person if you have been advised to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you have been in contact with a case.

Guidance on isolation for households with a possible coronavirus infection

Support bubblesCOVID-19 Support Bubbles

You can now form a 'support bubble' with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children.

Inside your support bubble you will be able to act as if you live in the same household - you can spend time together inside each other's homes and do not need to stay 2 metres apart.

You can only be in one support bubble - you should not switch the household you are in a bubble with or create a bubble with more than one household.

Since 13 June; you can attend your place of worship for the purposes of individual prayer.

Links to further information

The government and the NHS both provide public information on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

For further information and advice visit: