With the lock down rules easing off, the government are due to announce a new set of restriction rules this coming Monday!
How will this affect you?
As a business, that is trying to get our Glee Club launched again, this put a longer hold on getting together for rehearsals towards our very first performance.
Most business's shouldn't be effected directly providing they stick to COVID19 restrictions rules and operate a COVID safe venue.
As person, you will no longer be able to meet with more that 6 people in a group both inside and outside. Restaurants & public venue will not allow tables of over the size of 6 people. Families with more that 6 members ( for example 2 Adults, 5 Children) will be exempt from this new ruling, along with groups for educational purposes such as schools & colleges.
What are the new rules on socialising?
The new limit of six people will apply to social gatherings from Monday.
It will apply both indoors and outdoors, and to all ages.
So, meeting up socially in private homes, venues like pubs and restaurants, and in outdoor spaces like parks will all be affected.
At present, the rules allow up to 30 people from two households, or six from multiple households, to meet outdoors.
Current guidance says you should only socialise indoors with members of up to two households.
The number of people you can meet is different in other parts of the UK.
Can I be fined for breaking the rules?
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.
The government says: "Putting the new, lower limit in law will make it easier for the police to identify and disperse illegal gatherings."
Will any social events of more than six be allowed?
Some gatherings of more than six people will be allowed, for example:
If your household or support bubble is larger than six
Where gatherings are for work or education purposes
Weddings and funerals
Team sports organised in a way limiting the spread of corona virus
A full list will be published before the law changes on Monday.
What are the rules and guidance in other parts of the UK?
If you are meeting outside, the number of people who can gather varies:
In Scotland, up to 15 people from five different households can meet outdoors
In Wales, up to 30 people are allowed to see each other outdoors
In Northern Ireland, the maximum number of people who can meet outdoors has been reduced from 30 to 15
There are also different rules for meetings indoors - at your home, or a venue like a pub:
In Scotland, up to eight people from three different households
In Northern Ireland, up to six people from two households
In Wales, up to four households can form an "extended household"
What is the guidance on social distancing?
Each UK nation is advising people to stay 2m (6ft) away from anyone they don't live with. However, there are some differences:
In England, if it's not possible to be 2m away, you can stay "1m plus" apart. The "plus" means doing something else to limit your possible exposure - like wearing a face covering
In Scotland, there are exemptions to the 2m rule in some places - such as pubs and restaurants. Children aged 11 or under do not need to social distance
In Wales, the 2m guidance reflects the fact it's not realistic to stay that far apart somewhere like a hairdresser's. Primary age children in Wales are also exempt
Northern Ireland's guidance was 1m (3ft) for a time, but is now back at 2m
What about shopping or public transport?
Face coverings are compulsory if you are using public transport across the UK.
Some people are exempt, such as those with certain medical conditions.
Coverings must be worn in shops in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland - but not Wales.
Shop workers are exempt.
What if I get symptoms?
You should self-isolate by staying at home for 10 days and arrange to get tested.
The symptoms are:
new continuous cough
loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
If your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation. Anyone you live with should self isolate for 14 days (from the time you started having symptoms).
Contact tracers will also get in touch with people with positive results.