Outdoor gatherings

You can meet people from one other household outdoors. There is no limit on the size of the group, but everyone in the group must be from two households. Groups from three or more households are banned.

Keep two metres apart from anyone you meet who you don’t live with.

Exceptions include:

  • helping in an emergency
  • caring for a vulnerable person
  • fulfilling a legal obligation or taking part in legal proceedings
  • people working together who cannot work from home
  • weddings or civil partnerships attended by up to 10 people where one of the partners is terminally ill
  • funerals
  • moving house

Indoor gatherings

You cannot be indoors with anyone you don’t live with without a reasonable excuse.

Staying local

You cannot leave or stay out of your local area without a reasonable excuse.

Exceptions to the rules

Reasonable excuses to leave your local area or be indoors with someone you don’t live with include to:

  • buy food, including alcohol and other luxuries
  • buy tools and supplies for home repairs or gardening
  • exercise outdoors, as long as the exercise starts at your home
  • get medical help and supplies, including for pets
  • give blood
  • care for a vulnerable person
  • help in an emergency
  • escape an abusive or other dangerous situation at home
  • work, if you cannot work from home, including volunteering or charity work
  • take children to school or childcare, or take them between parents’ homes
  • move house, if you cannot delay your move
  • go to a recycling centre
  • visit a library
  • get money or collect a delivery
  • fulfil a legal obligation or take part in legal proceedings
  • access social, employment or victim support services
  • attend a funeral or visit a burial ground or remembrance garden
  • broadcast a religious ceremony, wedding, civil partnership or funeral
  • continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children

You cannot leave your local area to do any of these things if you can reasonably do them in your local area.

These rules do not apply to people who are homeless.

Police powers and fines for breaking coronavirus rules


Shops selling food, drink, medicines and other supplies are allowed to stay open. Places like cafes, restaurants and pubs are only allowed to open for takeaway.

You must stay two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times.

More information on business closures

Reporting a social distancing violation

Please make sure you understand what is and is not allowed before you get in touch with us. We particularly want you to tell us if you see things like:

  • a large gathering of people obviously from more than two households
  • a house party with people who don’t live at the house
  • people drinking together at a pub, bar, cafe or restaurant
  • a crowded shop where people are refusing to keep their distance from each other

You can tell us about a serious breach of the coronavirus rules online.