Rule of Six Government Guidance

15th September 2020

I believe the following may help you to understand the guidance. Possibly. My suggestions in Bold. Government guidance in italics.

    1. Seeing friends and family

When seeing friends and family you do not live with you should:

meet in groups of 6 or less

follow social distancing rules

limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time

As opposed to those you see over a long period, which can be as many as you like.

meet people outdoors where practical: meeting people outdoors is safer than meeting people indoors because fresh air provides better ventilation

No, fresh air does not provide better ventilation. More wind provides better ventilation (vent is French for wind). So try fanning yourselves.

More wind can be also generated by consumption of baked beans eaten too rapidly. However, there are problems with this due to the support bubbles issue commented on under G is for…Guidance.

Limits on the number of people you can see socially have changed. From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

If you can find where it says the police have powers, you are a better man or woman than me. Any woman can be a better woman as I am a MAN. Note it says WILL have powers, not do. So they don’t, yet. If ever.

There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. These include:

for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services

Give your guests a spade or a drying up cloth and get them to something useful for you

registered childcare, education or training

Register your guests, such as in a visitor’s book. And teach them how to whistle, or anything really.

supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups

Keep an eye on all those children and give wraparound care (hugs) at regular intervals.

providing support to a vulnerable person

We are all vulnerable. To disease, injury and stupidity.

providing emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm

Inviting guests in so as to avoid insanity whilst trying to understand new guidance.

for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents

Ask the neighbours if they will take some of your children whilst the lunacy lasts. And then have them back again. Or not, if you and your neighbours find the arrangement works well.

fulfilling a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service

There is a Royal Law of the Most High to love your neighbour as yourself. So just do whatever fits that.

elite sporting competition and training

I think this is elitist, thus discrimination and illegal. But elite is the best part. If the best is not very good by some people’s standards, so what?

wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions – up to 30 people, in a public place

Hold in a private place, don’t let the public in.

funerals – up to 30 people. This does not include wakes, other than for religious ceremonial purposes

Wakey, wakey it’s all guidance.

other religious and belief-based life cycle ceremonies – up to 30 people, in a public place. This only covers the ceremonies, and does not include celebrations of these events

Life cycle ceremonies include birthday parties. Obviously. Just make it formal. Send out invitations.

organised sport or exercises classes or licensed outdoor physical activity. This does not include informal sport or fitness activity with family or friends – this must be limited to a group of 6

Make it formal then, use your brain!

support groups – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.

Includes support for the terminally deranged over Covid 19 guidance – parties are a great way to help.

protests – if organised in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance

Organise a quiet protest at home with whoever wants to come. Or a noisy one if the neighbours don’t mind or you include them anyway. A party might be mistaken for a protest of course. Or the other way round.

Where a group includes someone covered by such an exception (for example, someone who is working), they are not counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means – for example – a tradesperson can go into a household of six without breaching the limit, if they are there for work.

Give everyone a duster, hoover, brush etc. Let them do some housework. Have extended tea or coffee breaks. The latter used to be called coffee mornings, in case you have forgotten.

More information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

One of these includes ‘Who wrote this please?’

I do hope you found that helpful. If not, just ignore it all.

Including the government guidance.

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