You cannot meet up with other households in your home or theirs for the time being. This is because the rate of infection is starting to rise. These restrictions may not be easy, but they’re in place to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
You can still meet up with other households outdoors, or indoors in a public place - but only one household at a time and in a group of no more than 6 people. When outside under 12s do not count towards the total number of people meeting or towards the number of households. If you are meeting indoors in a public space like a cafe, under 12s don’t count towards the 6 people who can meet, but they must be from the two households.
Physical distancing is still really important, so you should stay 2 meters away for anyone aged 12 or older who is not in your household. Children under 12 do not need to distance from anyone in the group.
Why have the restrictions changed?
Cases of coronavirus are starting to rise again, so some additional restrictions have been put in place, to help bring cases back under control. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. Meeting only in smaller groups means spaces are less likely to become crowded (which makes physical distancing harder). We know that the risk of spreading the virus is much lower outside, and that the risk is much higher when meeting inside homes.
Limiting the number of households and people you meet with each day also reduces the risk of someone who has the virus, without realising it, passing it on to several households on the same day. The fewer people we spend time with (not just passing them in the street or park), the less likely we are to catch and pass on the virus.
We know it’s not easy, but by continuing to follow the advice, you’re helping to protect yourself, your loved ones and everyone else in your community.