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Coronavirus – going out and meeting with people

This advice applies to Wales

It’s usually against the law to:

  • meet anyone who isn't from your household indoors
  • meet outdoors in a group of more than 6 adults from more than 2 households
  • leave Wales without a good reason

The government recommend you keep at least 2 metres away from people who aren’t members of your household. If you have children under 11 years old, they don’t need to keep 2 metres away from other people.

You should read the latest guidance on what you can and can’t do on the Welsh government’s website.

Check what happens if you break the rules

The police can tell you to go home or give you a £60 fine. The fine will go up if you break the rules again.

Check if there’s an exception to the rules about meeting people

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

You can also meet outdoors with one other household - this includes meeting in someone’s garden. You have to be in a group of no more than 4 - children under 11 don’t count towards this number.

In some situations you can meet indoors or outdoors in a group of more than 6 people from different households. You can do this if you're:

  • working or volunteering – the government recommend you work from home if you can
  • educating or looking after children
  • getting or giving medical help – for example if you’re caring for someone who doesn’t live with you
  • going to a place of worship
  • helping someone in an emergency
  • going to a court or tribunal hearing – but check if you need to join the hearing in person
  • exercising - you can do this in a group of up to 4 people from no more than 2 households
  • under 18 and doing organised outdoor activities or sport

You can check if you’re in a situation where the rules about meeting people don’t apply on the Welsh government website.

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
  • if they’re struggling with loneliness or mental health
  • in a hospital or care home – check if visitors are allowed first

Going to a wedding or a funeral

You can go to a wedding, civil partnership registration or funeral as long as you’ve been invited.

You can't have a reception, wake or memorial.

Check if you can leave Wales

You can still leave Wales for some reasons, for example:

  • to get basic things like food, medicine and pet supplies – you can also buy other things at the same time
  • for work or volunteering
  • for education or childcare
  • to care for someone, for example if they need help to stay safe, wash or eat
  • to go to a wedding, civil partnership or funeral
  • to avoid being harmed or help someone in an emergency
  • to do something the law says you have to – for example jury duty
  • to move house – including making arrangements to move house

You can check what the rules are on the Welsh government website.

Joining with another household

You might be able to join with 1 other household and treat them like part of your household – this is called being in a ‘support bubble’.

You can only make a support bubble if all the adults agree and either:

  • you live with no one else aged over 18
  • there’s only 1 person aged over 18 in the household you want to join with
  • you have a child who's under 1 year old

If you’re in a support bubble, you can meet with people from the other household in someone’s home or outdoors.

You can only be in 1 support bubble and you can’t change the household you’re joined with.

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

Your children can be part of both parents' households if they:

  • are under 18
  • see you and their other parent

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

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