To avoid another spike in Coronavirus cases, if groups of over six people are caught together from today they could be fined up to £3,200,
This rule applies both indoors and outdoors in both Scotland and England, whilst is just indoors for Wales.
“The demands on the police service are now at similar levels to before the pandemic, which makes it crucially important that we all take personal responsibility, stick to the limits and prevent the spread of this deadly virus,” said Martin Hewitt, The chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
Larger gatherings are still allowed within gyms, schools, places of worship, work places, weddings and funerals.
The Police Federation hopes the government will play a significant part in these changes amid the Coronavirus crisis: “With so many changes in legislation, an effective public information campaign must be a priority as there’s been so much confusion for the public and many people don’t know exactly what the law says.”
“We would urge the public to do the right thing and comply with the new rules, to help protect each other and prevent the further spread of this deadly virus.”
The new rules come as the number of new cases reached 3,300 on Sunday.
In response to the growing number of cases, a number of local lockdowns have been introduced in Birmingham, Solihull, and Sandwell.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said: “With daily cases still alarmingly high, and winter just around the corner, we are at a critical crossroads in the fight against this deadly virus. All efforts must be made to avoid a repeat of the horror and tragedy we all experienced earlier this year.”