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Government Advice on Social Gathering - New Restrictions (England only) – The Rule of Six

Thursday September 10, 2020 at 1:45pm
Government Advice on Social Gathering - New Restrictions (England only) – The Rule of Six
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been giving more details about the forthcoming coronavirus restrictions that will come into force on Monday, 14th September. It was announced last night that social gatherings will be limited to a maximum of six people in all but a few exceptions.

The new 'rule of six', as it is being known, replaces the two previous rules of having gatherings limited to up to 30 people and for only two households to join together indoors.  It will be enforced by police, with those not complying risking a fine or even arrest.  These restrictions are for England only, social gathering guidance for the other devolved nations can be found on the links at the bottom of the page.

However, organised sports and activities that are 'Covid Secure’ where social distancing measures are in place will be allowed to have more than six people in total, although individual groups must be limited to a maximum of six.  Supporters, parents, and other spectators to remain socially distanced whilst attending events. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance.

Where it is anticipated that an activity is permitted to attract spectators, there should be a named person or persons with responsibility for ensuring adherence with these guidelines and ensuring the facility is COVID-19 Secure. The person should carry out and publish a risk assessment for the activity which limits the number of spectators and focuses on the need to maintain social distancing on arrival, for the duration of the activity, and on departure.

Arrangements should also be put in place to support test and trace efforts by collecting information from spectators which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary.

Current guidance

People can go outside more than once a day for exercise in groups of up to six people, as long as people from different households observe social distancing by keeping two metres apart, wherever possible.

Where it's not possible, they should stay at least one metre apart and use appropriate mitigations, such as wearing face masks, facing in the same direction and not shouting.

It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours: 

  HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.

  FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will    come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

  SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).


ACU Ltd Chairman, Roy Humphrey commented, “While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the UK government advice has confirmed that organised sports and activities can continue.  Our motorcycle events are organised and provided Organisers follow the guidance issued through our individual Risk Assessments, then the venues are Covid-19 secure, but, initial Local Authority approval will still be required prior to any planned event as there may be increased local measures in place that differ from national guidelines”


Click on the link below for the latest Government advice:


These new restrictions apply to England only.  Current Covid-19 guidance for the other devolved nations can be found below:

Wales -

Scotland -


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