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Social gatherings of more than 6 people banned in coronavirus crackdown

Action taken after sharp rise in number of cases

Geraldine Gardner

Geraldine Gardner


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Social gatherings of more than six people are to be banned in England from Monday, in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce the new measures at a press conference tomorrow.

The ban will apply to both indoor and outdoor gatherings, including pubs, private homes and restaurants.

People will still be allowed to gather in groups larger than six for work or education.

Failure to comply could see offenders fined £100, doubling for each repeat offence up to £3,200.

Mr Johnson said: "We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying the rules on social contact – making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce."

He added it was "absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules".

The change applies to England only, to people of all ages, and to gatherings indoors and outdoors, in private homes, public outdoor spaces, and venues such as pubs and restaurants.

No 10 said any group of seven or more people gathering anywhere "risks being dispersed by police or fined for non-compliance".

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  • Newbury boy

    09/09/2020 - 11:39

    The delay is so that a very large race meeting with 7k spectators can go ahead in Doncaster. Chair of the Jockey club is Dido Harding, who is the govts favourite failed business person and heads Matt Hancock's hugely successful test and trace programme


  • Candycane

    09/09/2020 - 00:35

    So it is fine to do what the hell you want until Monday when twat features says it is suddenly unsafe. Lets all go out until Sunday eve/Monday morning and do what we fancy after all it is only unsafe from Monday