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Gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday to combat a surge in coronavirus cases, Boris Johnson is set to announce.

The legal limit on social meet-ups will be cut back down from 30 to single digits in response to a recent spike in Covid-19 infections across the country.

The Prime Minister will outline the changes at a press conference on Wednesday after the number of daily cases in the UK rose to almost 3,000.

The new limit will apply to gatherings indoors and outdoors – including private homes – as well as parks, pubs, and restaurants. Social gatherings

However, larger groups will be allowed to meet where a single household or support bubble consists of more than six people, or where the gathering is for work or education purposes.

Exemptions will also apply for weddings, funerals, and organized team sports in a COVID-secure way. Social gatherings

Addressing the nation on Wednesday, the Prime Minister is expected to say: “We need to act now to stop the virus spreading. So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules on social contact – making them easier to understand and for the police to enforce.

“It is absolutely critical that people now abide by these rules and remember the basics – washing your hands, covering your face, keeping space from others, and getting a test if you have symptoms.”

Downing Street said chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and the Government had jointly agreed that urgent action was needed to tackle the increase in infections. Read more 

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