From next Monday (14 September), new Government rules come into force in England. It will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than six - unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble. The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, which could include issuing fines.
The new rule applies to people in private homes, indoors and outdoors, and places such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and public outdoor spaces. It does not apply to schools and workplaces and in a number of other situations set out here.
The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including issuing fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.
Please make time to check these frequently asked questions if you’re in any doubt about what you need to do to keep yourself and others safe.
In the Government’s latest national watchlist report published today, reflecting case numbers and infection rate data up to the week ending 6 September, Swindon moved down to become an 'area of concern’. While things continue to move in the right direction in terms of the latest data that we monitor daily, the national situation and announcements this week, remind us all that we cannot be complacent and let our guard down.
Applying the guidance in our daily lives will remain critical for all of us, for the foreseeable future. Thank you for continuing to play your part.