New coronavirus rules for England from Monday – it’s what you can and can’t do


From Monday, England will be subject to a new set of coronavirus restrictions. The new rules are designed to compensate for a second wave of the deadly Covid-19 virus that follows a sudden spike in positive cases over the past seven days.

You will need to be aware of the ‘rule of six’ as it is a key part of the rules that go into effect on Monday.

Below we have published a guide to the types of gatherings people are most likely to be involved in, for example, parties, meeting friends in cafes, pubs and restaurants, weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies, etc.

We have also included the additional rules in force in four boroughs in West Yorkshire, which have become Covid-19 hotspots.

A version of this article first appeared on WalesOnline.


Currently, people have been allowed to gather in groups of no more than 30 people – provided it is no more than two households. This will now be limited to just six people.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made it clear that this does not mean “mass” socialization. The police can fine, disperse or arrest those who do not comply.

There will also be new Covid Guardians to help enforce the rules.

Friends and family

You cannot get together in groups of more than six, even with friends and family. The rules do not apply to support bubbles. Or when families are more than six in a household.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes

You can always go to the reception areas, but not in groups of more than six. You cannot meet or mingle with other groups in these places.

You will also be required by law to provide your contact details to use the premises.

Work and school

The new rules don’t change for going to school or work – if the premises are ‘Covid-secured’ you can still go.

Weddings and funerals

Groups of up to 30 people can still attend weddings and funerals at Covid secure locations. Places of worship can accommodate groups of more than 30 people if they are protected by Covid for services.

Semaine Freshers

Universities are expected to continue to reopen, but Mr Johnson urged students to follow all the rules – cover your face, wash your hands, remove yourself from society and not socialize.


Quarantine rules remain in place in many countries and their enforcement will be tightened up through Border Force.

Athletic event

Sporting events will continue – but plans to reintroduce crowds from October 1 are “under review.”


Crowd tests in theaters are under review. Mr Johnson deploys rapid audience tests with results in 20 minutes. Anyone with a negative result would be allowed to attend the events.

This will be tested at Salford ahead of national deployment.

Shops, public transport, museums

The rules are still the same here – you have to wear a mask and you have to distance yourself socially.

Additional rules for areas identified as coronavirus hotspots and “intervention areas”

Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds are subject to tighter coronavirus restrictions.

You can be fined for:

  • Have guests in your home or garden
  • Visiting someone else’s house or garden (inside or outside Leeds)

You cannot be fined for these things, but you are advised not to do them:

  • Meet people you don’t live with in outdoor places, such as parks
  • Meet people you don’t live with in pubs, cafes, restaurants and other indoor public places
  • Visiting friends or relatives in nursing homes

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If you would like to help stop the spread of Covid-19, please follow the advice as well as the law.

From September 28, it will also be illegal for people not to self-isolate once they have been contacted by Test and Trace and the government can impose fines of £ 10,000 on people who break the rules.


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