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You might feel a twinge of excitement at the prospect of BBQs and garden parties as summer hits – particularly after yesterday’s announcement by the prime minister.
Boris Johnson said as of Monday 1 June, people in England will be able to meet up with friends and family in groups of up to six people outside their homes – at beaches, in parks and private gardens – but not indoors.
People can meet “provided those from different households continue to stick to social distancing rules”, he said. However he urged people to avoid seeing others from “too many households in quick succession” to avoid transmission between different families.
The prime minister added that those who are shielding should continue to do so – and that further guidance on socialising is coming next week.
What are the rules in the UK?
The rules are slightly different for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – but the premise is similar, you can meet other people from outside your household, outdoors, as long as you socially distance.
In Wales, people from two different households can meet outdoors in the same local area.
In Scotland, no more than eight people in total can meet at a time – however people are urged to keep household bubbles mutually exclusive. This means that if Gill and Kate live together; and Ahmed, Matt and Sonny live together; they can only meet up with each other. They can’t meet with any other households.
In Northern Ireland, groups of four to six people who are not part of the same household can gather outdoors, as long as they are socially distanced, which appears to be similar to the measures England is adopting.