Gatherings of more than six people to be banned from Monday 14 September - All you need to know

Gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday 14 September.

The decision has been made in light of the rise in coronavirus cases across the UK. The rules have been put in place for the "foreseeable future."

"We’re simplifying and strengthening the rules making it easier for people to understand and for the police to enforce," Boris Johnson said of the new rules during a Downing Street press conference.

He outlined the "rule of six" which includes a ban on social gatherings of more than six people in indoor and outdoor settings.

"The ban will be set out in law, and it will be enforced by the police. Anyone breaking the rules risks being dispersed, fined and possibly arrested," the Prime Minister warned.

Mr Johnson also confirmed the plans to pilot larger audiences in venues are currently under review.

He said: "At the present time we must also - I am afraid - revise plans to pilot larger audiences in venues later this month and review our intention to return audiences to stadiums and conference centres from October 1. But that doesn’t mean we are going to scrap the programme entirely, we are just going to have to review it and abridge it and the Culture Secretary will say more about that shortly.”

"I wish we did not have to take this step but as your Prime Minister, I must do what is necessary to stop the spread of the virus and to save lives," Mr Johnson said.

Here's all you need to know about the latest rules:

What are the latest rules?

  • Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in indoor and outdoor settings including private homes, parks, pubs and restaurants.

  • People will be fined £100 if they break the rules. The amount will be doubled for each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.

What are the exemptions?

  • Weddings, funerals, schools, workplaces and organised team sports in a Covid-secure way are exempt.

  • Gatherings of more than six people will be allowed where the household or support bubble is larger than six.

When do the new rules start?

The new rules will come into force on Monday 14 September.