Rule of six restrictions: How are they being applied differently in each nation?

The number of people that can attend social gatherings will be slashed across the UK following a rise in coronavirus cases.

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

However, they are being applied slightly differently in each devolved administration.

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England

From Monday, gatherings of more than six people will be illegal.

The rules will apply across England to all ages and in any setting either indoors and outdoors, at home or a pub.

A single household or support bubble that is larger than six will still be able to gather.

Covid-secure venues like places of worship, gyms, restaurants and hospitality settings can still hold more than six in total.

Education and work settings are not affected by the new rules.

In England, from Monday, we are introducing the rule of 6. You must not meet socially in groups of more than 6 – and if you do, you will be breaking the law.

We must do what is necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives. pic.twitter.com/tKWa9sK1wr

— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 9, 2020

Weddings and funerals can still go ahead with a limit of 30 people if conducted in a Covid-secure way.

Wales

People in Wales will only be able to meet in groups of six or under indoors and must all belong to the same extended household group.

Up to four households are able to join together to form an extended household.

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

Also unlike in England, people will also still be able to meet up in groups of up to 30 outdoors, as long as social distancing is maintained.

The changes will not apply in Caerphilly county borough due to its rise in Covid-19 cases.

Scotland

A maximum of six people from two households will be allowed to meet together in Scotland.

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

However, children under the age of 12, who are part of the two households meeting will not count towards the limit of six people, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

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Nicola Sturgeon has followed Westminster in restricting gatherings to no more than six people (handout/PA)

There will be “some limited exceptions”, covering organised sports and places of worship.

Up to 20 people will be able to attend weddings, civil partnerships and funerals, as well as receptions and wakes, which is more stringent than both England and Wales.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has not announced any changes to how many people can gather. However, localised coronavirus restrictions are to be introduced in Belfast and Ballymena.

People from two or more households in these areas will not be able to meet in private settings.

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

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

In Northern Ireland, the number of people who can gather indoors in a private home was already reduced from 10 people from four households to six people from two households last month due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.

Up to 15 people can meet outdoors.

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