Latest COVID-19 rules

The Government yesterday published updated guidance on the rules around the latest constraints which have now become law. The extract below continues to include the highlighted ruling which allows our first Winter League season to commence with the Test Day on 29 September with the League programme beginning on Tuesday 6 October.


When seeing friends and family you do not live with you should:

  • meet in groups of 6 or less

  • follow social distancing rules

  • limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time

  • meet people outdoors where practical: meeting people outdoors is safer than meeting people indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation

Limits on the number of people you can see socially have changed. From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. These include:

  • for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services

  • registered childcare, education or training

  • supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups

  • providing support to a vulnerable person

  • providing emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm

  • to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents

  • fulfilling a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service

  • elite sporting competition and training

  • wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions - up to 30 people, in a public place

  • funerals - up to 30 people. This does not include wakes, other than for religious ceremonial purposes

  • other religious and belief-based life cycle ceremonies - up to 30 people, in a public place. This only covers the ceremonies, and does not include celebrations of these events

  • organised sport or exercises classes or licensed outdoor physical activity. This does not include informal sport or fitness activity with family or friends - this must be limited to a group of 6

  • support groups - formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.

  • protests - if organised in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance

The full update is on the website here

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