Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed his plan to help reduce the spread of coronavirus during the winter.
When the national lockdown ends on December 2, England will enter a tougher three-tier system than before.
Meanwhile, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have their own rules – but they all plan to come together to agree a plan for Christmas.
It has not yet been revealed which areas will be placed into which tier, but an announcement is expected to be made in the coming days.
However, all tiers will have rules around gatherings and social interaction.
For example, in Tier 1 households can mix inside and outside – but the rule of six applies.
Overnight stays are permitted with your household or support bubble, or up to six people from different households.
Those who live in a Tier 2 area will not be able to mix indoors, while the rule of six applies outdoors.
Lastly, in Tier 3 there is no mixing of households indoors or most outdoor places.
However, the rule of six does apply in outdoor places such as parks and sports courts.
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But there are some instances where you can break the rules around gatherings.
The government has shared a list of 17 exemptions from gatherings limits, which apply to all tiers.
That means, you are allowed to break any of the rules around gatherings, for these reasons:
- If you’re part of a single household, or a support bubble
- For work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes
- For childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum
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- For supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups
- For formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older
- To allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care
- For arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians
- For prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them
- For birth partners
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- To attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present
- To see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life
- To attend a wedding or civil partnership – with no more than 15 people present
- To provide emergency assistance
- To avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm
- To fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service
- To provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer
- To facilitate moving home
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