Rule of 6
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What is the rule of 6?
It is now 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). The restriction applies to everyone including children.
If you do not comply you could be fined £100, which will double with each offence to a maximum of £3,200.
This restriction replaces the existing ban on gatherings of more than 30 people and the current guidance on allowing two households to meet indoors.
You can find more details about the rule on the Government's website.
Who will be enforcing this?
Sussex Police have the powers to enforce this and will issue fines where necessary.
You can report a serious breach of this rule, as well as other COVID-19 guidelines, through the Sussex Police website.
You can also find full details about what Sussex Police are doing on their website.
What are the exemptions?
There are some exemptions, where groups can be larger than 6 people. This includes work, school, weddings, funerals and organised team sports.
The full list of exemptions:
- where everyone lives together or is in the same support bubble, or to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents
- for work, and voluntary or charitable services
- for education, training, registered childcare, or providers offering before or after-school clubs for children
- fulfilling legal obligations such as attending court or jury service
- providing emergency assistance, or providing support to a vulnerable person
- for you or someone else to avoid illness, injury or harm
- participate in children’s playgroups
- wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, or for other religious life-cycle ceremonies - where up to 30 people will be able to attend
- funerals - where up to 30 people will be able to attend
- organised indoor and outdoor sports, physical activity and exercise classes
- youth groups or activities
- elite sporting competition or training
- protests and political activities organised in compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance and subject to strict risk assessments
Do I still need to social distance?
Yes. The Government is still advising people to stay 2m (6ft) away from anyone they don't live with.
If you can't stay 2m away, you can stay "1m plus" apart. The "plus" means doing something else to protect yourself - like wearing a face covering.
What are the rules for sports?
You can play organised indoor and outdoor sports in groups of more than six, but not on an informal basis.
So, a league football match could go ahead, but not a game in the park with more than six people.
The Government has listed 30 organised sports which are allowed to take place in groups of more than 6.
Group exercise classes are also exempt from the rule of six, as long as they are organised under Covid-secure guidelines.
Can I still go to pubs, bars and restaurants?
Yes. Pubs, restaurants, shops and other venues will remain open if they follow safety rules and allow for social distancing.
Each group can have no more than six people in it and venues should also allow for social distancing between groups.
However, a premises may request you to visit in smaller groups. Make sure to check the guidelines of the business you plan to visit before you go.
How does this apply in Hastings?
The ‘rule of 6’ law will apply to all of our parks, gardens, beaches, sports facilities and playgrounds. This means it will be illegal to have social gatherings of more than 6 in these spaces, and the police will be enforcing this.
There will be clear and direct signage explaining this in these locations.
Because group exercise classes are allowed to take place with COVID-secure guidelines in place, which means all Active Hastings sessions can still take place.
You can find more information about Active Hastings sessions and the guidelines they have in place on their web pages.
Rule of 6