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Coronavirus – meeting with people

This advice applies to England

The government have said it’s okay to meet with 1 other household, indoors or outdoors.

If you’re meeting people from more than 1 other household, the government recommend you meet outdoors in a group of 6 people or less.

They also recommend you keep at least 2 metres away from people who aren’t members of your household. If you can’t keep 2 metres apart, try to keep at least 1 metre apart.

It's against the law to meet in a group of more than 30 people – the police could tell you to go home or fine you. If you have children under 18, you’re responsible for making sure they follow the rules.

If you’re in an area with a local lockdown 

You’ll need to follow stricter rules if there’s an increase in people testing positive for coronavirus in your local area. This is called a local lockdown. You can check if there’s a local lockdown in your area on GOV.UK.

Check if you can meet in a larger group

You can meet in a group of more than 30 people if the meeting is:

  • for work or volunteering
  • for education or training
  • for childcare
  • to avoid harm or help someone in an emergency
  • outdoors and organised by a business, charity or public body
  • to do something the law says you have to – for example jury duty

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

Check the government’s guidance about joining with another household

The government’s guidance is still that:

  • if you’re meeting people from more than 1 other household, you should meet outdoors in a group of 6 people or less
  • you should stay 2 metres away from people who aren’t in your household

The guidance also says you can join with 1 other household and treat them like part of your household – this is called being in a ‘support bubble’.

You should only be in 1 support bubble and you shouldn’t change the household you’re in a bubble with.

The government only recommend joining a support bubble if either:

  • you live with no other adults
  • there’s only 1 adult in the other household

If you live with children under 18, they’re also part of your support bubble.

If you’re separated from your children’s other parent and your children see both of you, they can be part of 2 different support bubbles.

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