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Coronavirus - check if you can meet people

This advice applies to England

You can meet in a group of up to 30 people outdoors in public spaces or someone’s garden.

You can meet indoors in either:

  • a group of up to 6 people from different households - this includes children
  • a group of more than 6 people - if the group includes people from only 2 households

In some situations you can meet with more people.

You can read the government’s latest guidance on what you can and can’t do on GOV.UK.

Making a 'bubble' to join with another household

In some situations, you can join with 1 other household and treat them as if you lived with them. This is called making either a 'support bubble' or a 'childcare bubble'.

Not everyone can make a bubble - check if you're allowed to make a bubble.

If you have children

Children should follow the same rules about meeting with people as adults. School or class bubbles don’t apply outside of school

If you have a child under 14, you can check if you can make a childcare bubble to get help with childcare.

If you’re separated from your children’s other parent

If your children are under 18 , you can see them as normal.

Check if you can meet in a larger group

You can meet with the people you live with or who are in your 'support bubble', inside or outside your home.

In some situations you can meet in a group of more than 30 people outdoors or in a group of more than 6 people from different households indoors. For example, it's allowed if the meeting is:

  • for work, volunteering or training
  • for education or childcare
  • organised by a business, charity or public body
  • to avoid being harmed or helping someone in an emergency
  • to do something the law says you have to – for example going to court

You can read the government’s latest guidance on what you can and can’t do on GOV.UK.

Meeting for events indoors

You can meet with up to 30 people indoors for some events - this can’t be in someone’s home. You can meet for:

  • a wedding, civil partnership ceremony or reception
  • a wake or memorial
  • a christening, bar mitzvah or other ceremony that celebrates a life event - but not a birthday 

The number of people who can meet for a funeral depends on how many people can safely fit in the venue - in some cases this might be more than 30 people.

Going to work

You should work from home if you can. You can go to work if it's not reasonably possible to work from home – this includes if you work as a volunteer.

If you’re ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’, the government say you can go to work - you don’t have to shield. You can read the government guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable on GOV.UK.

You can also check if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable on GOV.UK.

Check what happens if you break the rules

The police could tell you to leave or fine you £200 if you meet with more people than you're allowed to. If you go to an illegal gathering indoors and there are more than 15 people there, you could be fined £800.

You can be fined up to £6,400 if you keep breaking the rules, and up to £10,000 if you organise an illegal meeting of more than 30 people.

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