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Lockdown rules are being eased across the UK, so more people can meet outside.

You still need to keep two metres from any one you don’t live with, or are in a social bubble with.

What are the rules?

What is the rule of six?

In England, outdoor gatherings – including in gardens – are allowed with up to six people.

Children of all ages are included in the count. Professional carers are not – as long as they are working.

To make things easier for larger families, two households of any size can meet. A support bubble counts as one household.

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How many people can meet in Wales?

Six people from two households can meet outdoors – including private gardens.

From 24 April, this changes so that six people from up to six households can meet outdoors.

Children under 11 are not included in the count.

From Monday 3 May, people will be permitted to form extended households again – allowing two households to meet and have contact indoors.

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How many people can meet in Scotland?

You can now meet in groups of up to six people from six households outdoors, in your garden or in a public place.

Children aged under 12 are not counted towards the total.

From 26 April, up to six people from two households can socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant.

From 17 May:

  • Up to four people from two households can socialise indoors in a private home
  • Up to six people from up to three households may socialise in an indoors public space
  • Up to eight people from up to eight households may socialise outdoors
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What about Northern Ireland?

You must not socialise with anyone from outside your household, or bubble, indoors.

From 30 April, up to 15 people (including children) from no more than three households can meet up outdoors in a private garden (with social distancing).

What is the social distancing advice?

Social distancing of 2m (6ft) from people you don’t live or bubble should continue.

A review of the benefits of social distancing was announced as part of the UK Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

It will report before 21 June – when it’s hoped many Covid restrictions in England will be lifted.

How can I meet other people safely and can we hug?

When seeing anybody you don’t live with you should:

  • Avoid physical contact like a handshake or hug
  • Not be too close or face-to-face
  • Not shout or sing too close to them
  • Avoid touching other things which others have touched
  • Wash your hands before and afterwards

Why is social distancing important?

Social distancing matters because coronavirus spreads mainly when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks, and transmits small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air.

These droplets can land in other people’s mouths or noses nearby or may be inhaled into the lungs. You could also be infected after touching a surface on which the droplets have landed.

The risks are far higher indoors than outdoors.

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