Tough new restrictions come into force today which will heavily impact the social lives of people in Gedling borough.
The number of people allowed to gather being slashed from 30 to six following the introduction of The Government’s new Rule of Six.
The clampdown has been introduced as coronavirus cases continue to soar across the UK.
What are the rule of six changes?
Under the former rules, up to 30 people could meet inside with up to one other household, but this has been slashed to just six.
The new rules state that the six people can be from different households, in an attempt to bring rules in line with outdoor gatherings.
Anyone in your support bubble counts as one household.
The rule of six also extends to gatherings organised outside.
Will I be fined if I beak the new rules?
The rule of six will become enforcable by law from today.
Police will be able to disperse any such gatherings and fine individuals involved £100, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200.
Home Secretary Priti Patel held a call with Chief Constables to support police enforcement of the law.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Across the country, we have all made enormous sacrifices in the fight against coronavirus. However, the recent rise in cases makes it clear that more needs to be done to stop the spread of this disease.
“From Monday new laws will enable the police to fine anyone in breach of the rule of six. As we continue to fight this virus, I urge the public not participate in social gatherings of more than six people in any setting, indoors or outdoors.
Are there any exemptions to the rule of six?
There will be some exemptions to the rule of six, including those from large families and support bubbles.
Exemptions will also apply for weddings, funerals and organised team sports as long as they take place in a Covid-secure way.
Gatherings for more than six are allowed for work, schools or education purposes.
Places of worship will also be exempt.
Are kids included in the new rules?
The rule of 6 includes children.
This means if there is a household of five with three kids and two parents, they will only be able to meet up with one other person.
Family gatherings won’t be able to take place if the total number exceeds six people.