New Social Distancing Guidelines from 14th September

As you may have seen, the Government has issued updated guidance according to the new rules on safely meeting with others. The main points from the guidance are:

Seeing friends and family

You must:

  • Meet in groups of 6 or less.
  • Follow social distancing rules.
  • Limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time.
  • Meet people outdoors where practical: meeting people outdoors is safer than meeting people indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation.

Social Distancing

When with people you do not live with, you should avoid: physical contact, being close and face-to-face, and shouting or singing. You should also avoid crowded areas with lots of people and touching things that other people have touched.

You do not need to socially distance from anyone in your household, meaning the people you live with. You also do not need to socially distance from someone you’re in an established relationship with, or anyone in your legally-permitted support bubble if you are in one.

There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. These include:

  • For work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • Tradespeople entering a household of six, if they are there for work
  • Registered childcare, education or training
  • Providing support to a vulnerable person
  • Providing emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm
  • Funerals – up to 30 people. This does not include wakes, other than for religious ceremonial purposes
  • Other religious and belief-based life cycle ceremonies – up to 30 people, in a public place. This only covers the ceremonies, and does not include celebrations of these events
  • Support groups – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.
  • Protests – if organised in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance

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