When can you meet up with other households in gardens in England?
29 March 2021, 16:23
When can you visit other people's gardens with the 'rule of six' coming back into force?
The 'rule of six' has now been reinforced to allow people from different households to meet outside and in private gardens.
On Monday 29 March, lockdown was eased in England to allow greater freedom when meeting up with people from outside your household outside.
Here's your need-to-know.
When can we meet in gardens?
You can now meet up with people from outside your household and support bubble in private gardens.
The 'rule of six' will apply - meaning that no more than six people from multiple households can able to attend.
Unlike in the last lockdown, an unlimited amount of people are able to meet outside if just two households are attending - with the rules having been adapted so as not to penalise larger families.
The government said: “Two households will be more helpful for families, while the Rule of 6 is likely to help people in different households to reunite outdoors, including those living alone or in shared accommodation."
Social distancing will still apply to these gatherings, meaning you should refrain from having close contact with people from outside your household or support bubble.
Read more: What are the new lockdown rules in England? Everything you can do from March 29
Will you be able to go inside someone else's house?
If you are visiting someone's garden in line with the above new rule, you will not be permitted to enter the house - other than to use the toilet or to walk through to enter the garden.
A spokesperson previously told the Mirror: "Yes, people can move through a private household to get to a garden if they need to."
When announcing his roadmap, Boris Johnson stressed that all lockdown-easing would be driven by 'data not dates' and subject to the following four criteria:
- The vaccine deployment continuing successfully
- There is evidence that the vaccine is effective in reducing deaths
- There isn't a surge in hospitalisation
- Assessment of risks are not fundamentally changed by new variants of Covid that cause concern