Reasons you can break new coronavirus rules – full list of exemptions explained

The government’s new rule of six came into play on Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new coronavirus restrictions last week.

The “rule of six” has put a ban on groups larger than six gathering, indoors our outside.

Those who flout the rules could be slapped with a £100 fine, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

It is also critical that everyone follows the hands, face and space guidelines.

Guidance still encourages people to wash hands regularly for 20 seconds, wear a face covering indoors where social distancing may be difficult and stay two metres apart from people you don’t live with.

If not possible, stay one metre apart with extra precautions in place.

But as with most of the guidelines, there are exceptions to who should follow the rule of six.

Below is a full list of the exceptions:

Reasons you can meet up in groups larger than six:

  • For work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • Registered childcare, education or training
  • Supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups
  • Providing support to a vulnerable person
  • Providing emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm
  • To continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents

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  • Fulfilling a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service
  • Elite sporting competition and training
  • Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions – up to 30 people, in a public place
  • Funerals – up to 30 people. This does not include wakes, other than for religious ceremonial purposes
  • Other religious and belief-based life cycle ceremonies – up to 30 people, in a public place.

This only covers the ceremonies, and does not include celebrations of these events.

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  • Organised sport or exercises classes, including gyms, or licensed outdoor physical activity.

This does not include informal sport or fitness activity with family or friends – this must be limited to a group of six.

  • Support groups – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support.

This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.

  • Protests – if organised in compliance with Covid-19 Secure guidance

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