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Coronavirus – going out and meeting with people

This advice applies to Wales

Lockdown from 23 October 2020

The whole of Wales will be in lockdown starting from 6pm on 23 October 2020. We’ll update this page with more detail when it’s announced.

You’re allowed to meet in a group of up to 30 people outdoors. You can’t usually meet with people from another household indoors.

If you meet up with people when you’re not allowed to, 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.

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.

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 the Welsh government website.

If you’re going somewhere in Wales with a local lockdown

It’s usually against the law to go to areas of Wales that are in a local lockdown. You can check if there’s a local lockdown in the area you want to visit on the Welsh government website.

You can still travel to these areas 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 go to a wedding, civil partnership or funeral
  • to avoid someone 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
  • if you’re passing through on the way to somewhere else

If you’re going to England, Scotland or Northern Ireland

It’s usually against the law to go to:

  • Northern Ireland

You can still travel to these areas 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 go to a wedding, civil partnership or funeral
  • to avoid someone 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
  • if you’re passing through on the way to somewhere else

Check if you can meet in a larger group outdoors

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

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

Check if you can meet indoors

You can meet with people from another household indoors if you're in a group of 6 or less and they're part of your 'extended household'. Children under 11 aren't included in the 6 person limit. 

In some situations you can meet in larger groups with people who aren’t in your extended household. These situations include:

  • working and volunteering
  • educating or looking after children
  • going to a wedding, civil partnership or funeral, including a reception or wake - you can meet in a group of up to 30 people
  • helping someone in an emergency
  • helping others care for a vulnerable person
  • going to a court or tribunal hearing – but check your hearing is still taking place in person

Making an extended household

You can join with up to 3 other households – this is called being in an ‘extended household’.

You can treat people in your extended household like part of your own household. For example, this means you:

  • can meet together indoors in groups of 6 or less
  • can meet together outdoors – you can meet in a group of up to 30 people
  • don’t need to stay 2 metres away from them 

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

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

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

If you’re in an area with a local lockdown

If you've joined with other people in an extended household, you won't be able to meet with them during local lockdown. You can check if there’s a local lockdown in your area on GOV.UK.

You might be able to make a new arrangement to join with 1 other household in the same local lockdown. This is called being in a ‘temporary extended household’.

You can only be in a temporary extended household if either:

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