Apparently, the reason for the last minute changes in large parts of Northern Britain are because people were not following these simple, easy to follow, rules:-)
Legally, up to 30 people can gather.
But official advice remains that people should avoid socialising outdoors in a group of more than six – except if two large households are meeting.
Two households can also meet indoors – including in a pub or restaurant – but should not touch each other.
The only exception to the touching rule is if you have formed a ‘support bubble’. This is when two households merge. This is only allowed if one of the households is either an adult living alone or a single parent with children under 18. You cannot change the members of a bubble, and if someone gets ill both households must isolate.
You can stay overnight in another home – including at a holiday home or second home – but you should only be with one other household. You must maintain social distancing.
People should either stay two metres apart or ‘one metre plus’.
‘One metre plus’ means if the gap is below one metre ‘mitigations’ must be made to help prevent transmission.
‘Mitigation’ usually means wearing a mask – they are mandatory on public transport, in hospitals and in shops.
Employers have been told staff can be within two metres of each other if it is not practical to keep them further apart but they must ensure measures are in place to protect staff. These can include screens, facing desks away from each other and ensuring there are lots of hand washing stations.
Damn it, even the PM doesn't understand the rules. He has been pictured bumping elbows with strangers at. less than 2m apart without wearing a mask.