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Coronavirus - check if you can go out or meet people

This advice applies to England

You can meet people outdoors in public spaces or someone’s garden, 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

It’s usually against the law to meet indoors with anyone who isn’t from your household or ‘bubble’.

In some situations you can meet indoors, or outdoors in a group of more than 6 people from more than 2 households.

Whenever you’re meeting someone from another household, try to keep 2 metres away from them.

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

If your partner or family member makes you feel anxious or threatened

You can still get help during this time. Contact a domestic abuse organisation to check what services are available.

You can also check the guide to staying safe on the SafeLives website.

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.

Check if you can meet indoors or outdoors 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.

You can meet outdoors to do organised sport in a group of more than 6 people from different households. Outdoor sports facilities will be open - for example, tennis courts and outdoor swimming pools.

In some other situations you can meet indoors or outdoors in a group of more than 6 people from different households - for example, if the meeting is:

  • for work, volunteering or training

  • for education or childcare

  • for a wedding or civil partnership, including a reception – you can meet in a group of up to 15 people

  • for a funeral, in a group of up to 30 people - you can only meet with up to 15 people at a wake

  • 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.

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. 

Children can go to organised indoor activities - for example, a playgroup.

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.

Visiting someone who is ill or needs help

You can meet with someone:

  • to care for them, for example if they need help to stay safe, wash or eat
  • to take them food or essential supplies - you can also go shopping with them to get these
  • if they're at risk because of their mental health
  • to visit them in a hospital or care home - check if visitors are allowed first
  • to visit them if they're nearing the end of their life

The government recommend that you try to stay 2 metres away from the other person.

Going to a funeral

You can meet in a group of up to 30 people for a funeral.

You can meet in a group of up to 15 people for a wake or memorial. This can be outside or somewhere public like a town hall – it can't be in someone's house.

Going to a wedding

You can go to a wedding or civil partnership ceremony. There can only be up to 15 people at the ceremony – this includes the couple but doesn't include the officials conducting the ceremony.

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 go home or fine you £200 if you go out or meet with people when you're not allowed to. If you go to a gathering of more than 15 people, you could get a fine of £800.

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

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