Rule of six Scotland: New coronavirus restrictions come into force

The rule restrictions come into force today.

New coronavirus restrictions come into effect in Scotland today (Monday). Picture: Lisa Ferguson.
New coronavirus restrictions come into effect in Scotland today (Monday). Picture: Lisa Ferguson.

The number of people that can attend social gatherings has been slashed across the UK following a rise in coronavirus cases.

New rules were implemented in Scotland, England and Wales on Monday,However, they are being applied slightly differently in each devolved administration.

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A maximum of six people from two households are allowed to meet together in Scotland.

The new limit applies when people meet in restaurants, pubs and beer gardens, as well as in homes.

However, children under the age of 12, who are part of the two households meeting do not count towards the limit of six people, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

There are "some limited exceptions", covering organised sports and places of worship.

The empty streets of Glasgow's Merchant City. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

Up to 20 people can attend weddings, civil partnerships and funerals, as well as receptions and wakes, which is more stringent than both England and Wales.

The changes come into effect that day after daily coronavirus cases in Scotland have hit a four-month high for the second day in a row.

A total of 244 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours - the highest daily figure since May 6 and up on the 221 recorded on Saturday.

This is 3.7 per cent of newly-tested individuals.

Since the start of the pandemic, 22,679 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Scotland and 2,499 have died with the virus.


From Monday, gatherings of more than six people are illegal.

The rules apply across England to all ages and in any setting either indoors and outdoors, at home or a pub.

A single household or support bubble that is larger than six will still be able to gather.

Covid-secure venues like places of worship, gyms, restaurants and hospitality settings can still hold more than six in total.

Education and work settings are not affected by the new rules.

Weddings and funerals can still go ahead with a limit of 30 people if conducted in a Covid-secure way.


People in Wales are only able to meet in groups of six or under indoors and must all belong to the same extended household group.

Up to four households can join together to form an extended household.

But, unlike in England, children under 12 are exempt and will not count towards that total.

Also unlike in England, people can still meet up in groups of up to 30 outdoors, as long as social distancing is maintained.

The changes do not apply in Caerphilly county borough due to its rise in Covid-19 cases.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has not announced any changes to how many people can gather. However, localised coronavirus restrictions were introduced in Belfast and Ballymena.

People from two or more households in these areas are not able to meet in private settings.

There are a number of limited exceptions, including childcare provision and households that have formed a social bubble with another.

No more than six people, from no more than two households, are allowed to meet in private gardens.

Up to 15 people can meet outdoors.

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