Outdoor gatherings

You can meet people you don’t live with outdoors in a group of up to six people.

This includes in a private garden, yard or balcony.

You are allowed in someone’s home to:

  • get to their outdoor space
  • use the toilet

Please stay two metres from anyone you meet who you don’t live with.

Groups of seven or more people who don’t live together are banned.

Indoor gatherings

You cannot socialise indoors with anyone you don’t live with.

Exceptions to the rules on gatherings

You can meet in a group of more than six people you don’t live with, and you can meet indoors to:

  • avoid injury or illness or escape danger
  • help in an emergency
  • care for a vulnerable person
  • work, including charity work and volunteering
  • fulfil a legal obligation or take part in legal proceedings
  • go to a funeral
  • move house
  • provide registered early years childcare
  • continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children
  • go to school, college, university or other educational facility
  • train for or take part in a professional or other elite sports event.

Overnight stays

You cannot stay overnight outside your home without a reasonable excuse.

You can stay outside your home overnight to:

  • escape domestic abuse or other danger
  • avoid injury or illness or get medical help
  • help someone in an emergency
  • care for a vulnerable person
  • work, including charity work and volunteering
  • fulfil a legal obligation or take part in legal proceedings
  • go to a funeral
  • move house
  • continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children
  • train for or take part in a professional or other elite sports event.

You can stay outside your home overnight if:

  • it is not safe for you to stay at home
  • you cannot legally get home
  • you are legally required to stay somewhere else
  • your home is not accessible for some other reason.

These rules do not apply to people who are homeless.

Police powers and fines for breaking coronavirus rules

Businesses

Shops selling food, drink, medicines and other supplies are allowed to stay open. Places like cafes, restaurants and pubs are only allowed to open for takeaway.

More information on business closures

Reporting a social distancing violation

Please make sure you understand what is and is not allowed before you get in touch with us. We particularly want you to tell us if you see things like:

  • a large gathering of people from different households, in the park or on the streets
  • a house party with people who don’t live at the house
  • people drinking together at a pub, bar, cafe or restaurant
  • a crowded shop where people are refusing to keep their distance from each other

You can tell us about a breach of the coronavirus rules online.

More information on the changes on Gov.uk