Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict new rules which will come into effect on Monday September 14 for gatherings in a bombshell speech yesterday.
The new “rule of six” will prevent people from gathering in groups larger than six people – inside and outside.
Mr Johnson said the restrictions were brought in to “beat the virus” and “prevent a second national lockdown”.
Those who break the rules will face a £100 fine, which doubles for each offence, up to £3,200.
However, he also mentioned there would be some “limited exceptions” to the rule.
Here all all the exemptions from the new coronavirus rules explained.
Coronavirus ‘rule of six’ exemptions
Households or support bubbles with more than six people are exempt from the new rules.
That means if everyone lives together, or if your support bubble makes up more than six people – you are okay.
However, keep in mind that if you are a household of seven – it doesn’t mean you can invite five friends round.
But if half the residents decide to go somewhere else, they could have a couple of friends round.
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The rules around support bubbles is that if one household can join together with another if one of them contains only one adult.
And a bubble must be exclusive, you can’t be in more than one support bubble.
It also doesn’t apply to gatherings of more than six people for work, education or organised sports.
The law will also allow for an exemption to “continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents”.
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That means kids can divide their time between divorced or separated parents’ homes, without the rule of six applying.
Weddings and funerals in Covid-secure venues can also still go ahead with up to 30 people attending.
Places of worship are also unaffected by the rule change, as long as they are Covid-secure.
Places like restaurants, hospitality venues and gyms can still hold more than six people in total.
However, you must not go to these places in groups larger than six.
You should also not mix with another group in one of these venues.
An official list of exemptions is set to be published on Monday September 14.
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