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What is the Coronavirus 'Rule of Six' and how does it affect you?

Posted by in Office Updates on 14th September 2020

Regardless of your thoughts on the new ‘rule of 6’, if you want to be compliant and run an establishment properly, here are all the rules and regulations gathered together in one useful place; we hope you find it useful.

The Government guidelines for everyone in England from today are as follows: “it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble).” You can read the full guidelines here

There are of course, several exceptions to the rule. They include things like work environments, education, weddings, civil partnerships & funerals (up to 30), youth groups, etc. Please read the full guidelines for absolute clarity.

The "rule of six" applies both indoors and outdoors in England and Scotland, and indoors only in Wales.

As a venue, you can still host more than six people in total, as long as no one visits in a group larger than six. Guests from different groups must not mix with each other, even if they know them and guests must still provide contact details for the Test & Trace programme.

The governments guidelines for hotels and guest accommodation can be found here.

And the guidance for food businesses (updated on 10th September) can be found here.

This is a far from ideal situation, but these restrictions are in place to reduce the R-rate below 1 again and stop the spread of this virus.

In summary, if you continue to run your business as you have done since Lockdown was lifted and restrict groups of 6 or more from visiting together, then you should remain compliant. Good Luck friends.