Ranvir Singh explains 'rule of six' restrictions

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.

Good Morning Britain's Ranvir Singh explains how the latest restrictions will work.

How does the "rule of six" work?

The "rule of six" is to make it easier to remember and harder to actually break the law accidentally.

The first thing to make clear is that if you are in a family under one roof or you have created a support bubble with another household and that number already exceeds six, then do not worry. You can carry on as you have been.

If you’re planning a private lunch or dinner in your house or even in the pub with two separate households and say you’ve got two kids and two parents and the other family has got two kids and two parents, actually from Monday you will be breaking the law if you try to get together because that’s eight of you. If you are in Scotland or in Wales, it’s complicated. Because the children, if they’re under 12, are exempt from the rule of six.

But weddings and funerals can carry on as long as there are less than 30 people and Covid-secure team sports, children’s after school clubs, voluntary groups, they can all carry on even if there are more than six people inside or outside and that’s because those sorts of places including workplaces have all been made Covid-secure.

Why are schools and workplaces exempt?

Ranvir: The government’s idea of the "rule of six" is not to stop people going to school or going into work. They want everybody to do that. Of course, there is confusion because you’re thinking there are more than six people in my office or there are more than six people in the class.

But you’ve got to remember that all of these public spaces have been Covid-secure so there are one way systems in place, there is hand sanitiser everywhere, everybody is hyper aware of keeping a social distance and the point about the Rule of Six is really about social contact, maybe when people are having a drink, maybe when you’re in people’s houses, you’re more likely to break the one metre, two metre rule because you’re not hyper aware.

Whereas in schools and workplaces where there is an organised event, everybody is hyper aware of all the rules, whereas when you’re socialising, of course, you tend to forget.