Now that restrictions have changed, you can only meet 1 household outdoors at a time, up to a maximum of 6 people. Under 12s don’t count towards the total number of people meeting, but they do count towards the limit of households who can meet. So any under 12s MUST be from within the two households who are meeting. Everyone aged 12 and over must stick to physical distancing guidelines, that is, you should stay 2 metres away from other adults and children aged 12 or over who are not in your household. You can find out more about physical distancing rules for children here.
You can still meet up to 4 households in total each day, but you must meet them separately. There’s no limit to the number of households children under 18 can meet, but they can only meet with one other household at a time. However, it’s very important that we all limit the number of people we see as much as possible, so think carefully about whether or not you really need to meet up. Maybe you could have a phone call or video chat instead?
Meeting no more than 4 other households each day will limit the risk that someone who had the virus without realising it could infect lots of households on the same day.
Some people will be able to form an extended household with another family or person who they don’t live with. Our guide to extended households explains more.
Remember, the fewer people you meet up with, the less chance the virus has of spreading. So try to limit contact to the friends and family you really want to see!