UK Coronavirus LIVE: London braces for new lockdown restrictions amid Covid-19 third wave warning


We start the day with a helpful reminder of what the new ‘rule of six’ means depending on where you are in the UK:


The number of people who can attend social gatherings has been reduced across the UK following an increase in coronavirus cases.

New rules were implemented in England, Wales and Scotland from Monday.

However, they are applied slightly differently in each decentralized administration.


As of Monday, gatherings of more than six people are illegal.

The rules apply across England to all ages and in all settings, indoors and outdoors, at home or in a pub.

A single household or a support bubble of more than six will still be able to come together.

Places secured by Covid such as places of worship, gymnasiums, restaurants and hospitality establishments can still contain more than six in total.

The training and working conditions are not affected by the new rules.

Weddings and funerals can still take place with a limit of 30 people if they are arranged in a secure manner by Covid.


Residents of Wales can only meet in groups of six or less indoors and must all belong to the same extended family group.

Up to four households can join together to form an extended household.

But, unlike England, children under 12 are exempt and will not count towards that total.

Unlike England, people can still meet in groups of 30 outdoors, as long as social distancing is maintained.

The changes do not apply in the Borough of Caerphilly County due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.


A maximum of six people from two households are allowed to meet in Scotland.

As in England, the new limit applies when people meet in restaurants, pubs and beer gardens, as well as in homes.

However, children under 12, who are part of both households combined, do not count towards the six-person limit, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

There are “some limited exceptions”, covering organized sports and places of worship.

Up to 20 people can attend weddings, civil partnerships and funerals, as well as receptions and vigils, which is more stringent than England and Wales.

North Ireland

Northern Ireland has not announced any changes to the number of people who can gather. However, localized coronavirus restrictions have been introduced in Belfast and Ballymena.

People from two or more households from these areas cannot meet in private places.

There are a number of limited exceptions, including childcare and households that have formed one social bubble with another.

No more than six people, from no more than two households, are allowed to meet in the private gardens.

In Northern Ireland, the number of people who can congregate indoors in a private house has already been reduced from 10 people from four households to six people from two households last month due to an increase in Covid cases. 19.

Up to 15 people can meet outdoors.


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