Social gatherings of more than six banned from Monday

Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from September 14.

The steep rise in coronavirus cases in the UK has led to a government announcement making it illegal for groups to meet socially indoors or outdoors, and places such as bars, restaurants and cafes.

It will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports.

There will be a fine of £100 for those who fail to comply and this can double with each offence to a maximum of £3,200.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to give further details at a news conference later today.

Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to have more than six customers inside, but each group (of a maximum of six people) would have to be socially distant from each other.

Separately, lockdown measures are being reintroduced in Bolton, Greater Manchester, after a local rise in cases. It includes a ban on people socialising with people outside their own household in any setting, even outdoors.

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