The Government has issued new guidance concerning social gatherings surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
From 14th September 2020, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.
Businesses that are operating in accordance with current COVID Secure guidance, such as restaurants and hospitality venues, and places of worship, can still host larger numbers in total, but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups. It is important that people from different households (who are not meeting as a support bubble) remain socially distanced. This limit will be enforceable by law.
Primary guidance for the following business sectors: Close Contact Services, Heritage locations, Hotels and other Guest Accommodation, Restaurants, Pubs and Bars, and the Visitor Economy in general, has been updated, and information can be found here.
Examples of this updated primary guidance include meetings of up to 30 people indoors being allowed in permitted venues if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 guidance.
The Government has also issued updates on guided tours – tours of up to 30 people may take place indoors or outdoors provided businesses undertake risk assessments in line with the guidance, and put any necessary mitigations in place. The Government guidance referenced regarding tours can be viewed here, point 2.2.2.
Further to the announcement, the following have also been published:
- Updated Coronavirus FAQs: What You Can and Can’t Do
From Monday 15 September, people can still go on holiday in England (the distance travelled will not be restricted), but they should not go on holiday with people outside their household (including bubble) in a group larger than six people. The guidance for someone who becomes unwell on holidays has not changed
- Meeting with others safely (social distancing)
This new guidance provides details on social distancing, seeing friends and family, and rules in other venues
- New campaign to prevent spread of coronavirus indoors this winter