The rule of 6
The rule of 6
The law is “you must not meet with other households socially in groups of more than 6. This law does not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6, who will still be able to gather together”.
Here's what you need to know:
Q: Can the 6 people visiting be from more than 2 families?
A: Yes, they can be from several different families forming a group of up to 6 people in total.
Q: Is that 6 people including the adults, or is it 6 children plus adults?
A: The 6 people includes both the adults and the children (so 4 children and 2 adults for example)
Q: If we meet up with another family at the Hub, can we become a bigger group than 6?
A: No, we can’t have more than 6 people gathered together. You would be breaking the law and both you and us could be fined
Q: We are a family of 7 people, can we still visit?
A: Yes, you can all still visit as a family group, but you can’t meet up with anyone else
Q: What about birthday parties?
A: You are very welcome to celebrate a birthday at the Hub, but the limit of people who can attend the celebration is 6. You are welcome to bring a birthday cake, but no candles please. We are not running our Hub parties just now, so you simply book tickets online to visit.
Q: What is a support bubble?
A: A support bubble allows single parents with children under 18 to join with another household to form a support network. It helps those who have felt isolated during the pandemic.
It means the adult is able to have close contact with the other household in the same way they would if they actually lived together – they do not have to remain socially-distanced. Anyone in a support bubble essentially counts as one household. You can only be in one support bubble.
The Government website says: “We recognise how difficult this time has been, particularly on lonely and isolated people, and this change is designed to provide extra support to some of those most impacted by the current social restrictions. Once you are in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as in a single household.”