Rule of Six: Garages not impacted

Published:  10 September, 2020

The UK government has announced a new wave of Coronavirus restrictions in England, but garages will not be directly affected by the new Rule of Six.

The new rules, coming into force on Monday (14 September) will mean no more than six people can gather, either in a home or a public place. Up to 30 people from two households have been able to meet outdoors, as could six from multiple households. Current guidance says people can only socialise indoors with members of up to two households.

While the new rules will impact on social events, it will not affect businesses or employee numbers, so garages should not need to reduce the number of staff on-site. With regards to customers, many are already operating contactlessly so no one needs to actually enter a garage. 

The number of people able to meet is different in other parts of the UK. The new Rule of Six will also apply in Scotland, but up to 15 people will still also be able to meet outside in Northern Ireland. Wales will still allow groups of 30 people outside.

Announcing the new rules, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Let me be clear – these measures are not a second national lockdown – the whole point of them is to avoid a second national lockdown,” he said.

The Rule of Six could be in place until the spring to try and mitigate a winter surge of Coronavirus, it has been suggested.

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