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Rule of 6 – What Does it Mean?

How does the rule of 6 effect live performance?

The main difference is this is now law rather than advisory.

The answer is in point 2a of this Government update on regulations:-

“From 14 September, whether indoors or outdoors people from different households must not meet in groups of more than 6. This limit does not apply to meetings of a single household group or support bubble which is more than 6 people. Community facilities following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit or socialise in a group of greater than 6. Further information on social contact rules, social distancing and the exemptions that exist can be found on the guidance on meeting with others safely. These rules will not apply to workplaces or education settings, alongside other exemptions.”

From a recent The Stage article –

While groups of more than six will not be allowed to gather, certain exemptions have been made by government to allow the economy to continue recovering.

These include theatres and live venues that are following Covid-secure guidelines.

According to a guidance document published by the government, “venues following Covid-19 secure guidelines can host more than six people in total, but no one should visit or socialise in a group of greater than six”.

“It is also important that people from different households (who are not meeting as a support bubble) remain socially distanced,” it added.

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2.11) Venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit in a group of greater than 6. When you visit one of these places, such as a pub, shop, leisure venue, restaurant or place of worship you should:

  • follow the limits on the number of other people you should meet with as a group (it will be illegal to be in a group of more than six from outside of your household)
  • avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know
  • provide your contact details to the organiser so that you can be contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme

3.14) Can I go to the theatre or a concert?

You can now attend indoor and outdoor performances, for example dramatic, musical or comedy shows.

If you are watching the performance, you should:

  • sit with people from your household or support bubble
  • socially distance from people you do not live with (or who are not in your support bubble)