Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation rules?

England has now reduced the number of people allowed to meet socially to six, amid a rise in coronavirus cases.


What are the new rules on socialising?

In England, the limit of six people from multiple households starts today.

It will apply both indoors and outdoors, and to all ages.

So, gatherings in private homes, venues like pubs and restaurants, and in outdoor spaces like parks will all be affected.


Will any social events of more than six be allowed?

Some gatherings of more than six people will be allowed in England, for example:

  • If your household or support bubble is larger than six
  • Education and training settings
  • Workplaces
  • Protests and political events, if compliant with safety guidelines
  • Jury duty or other legal commitments
  • Children’s play groups and youth clubs
  • Support groups, such as for addiction or abuse
  • Playing sport – either professionally or for fun


Weddings, funerals and very special religious occasions, such as christenings or bar mitzvahs, can go ahead with up to 30 people attending, in groups of six or less. However, celebrations after the religious ceremony are limited only to weddings or civil partnerships.

If you live in a household of more than six you can gather in public or private. However, you will not be able to join with anyone from outside of your household.


Visit the BBC news website to find the full guidance on the new rules.


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