Meet 6 people: Where can you meet friends and family? Can you meet in your garden?

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Boris Johnson announced further easing of lockdown rules today and revealed friends and family will soon be allowed to meet in groups of up to six people. The news was announced as all five of the Government’s tests for easing the lockdown have been met.

Where can you meet friends and family?

In England, Mr Johnson said groups of up to six people can meet in private gardens “provided those from different households continue to stick to social distancing rules” by staying two metres apart.

The rules will come into force on Monday, June 1.

People will also be allowed to meet up in parks, but the Prime Minister noted any indoor gatherings are still prohibited.


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He said people should “try to avoid seeing too many households in quick succession so we can avoid the risk of quick transmission from lots of different families and continue to control the virus”.

He added: “It remains the case that people should not be inside the homes of their friends and families, unless it is to access the garden.

“I should add that, at this stage, I am afraid that those who have been asked to shield themselves should continue to do so.”

Mr Johnson said the Government is “looking carefully at how we can make your life easier”, adding: “We want to say more on that soon.”

Mr Johnson said guidance on the changes will be published.

He said: “Inevitably there may be some anomalies, or apparent inconsistencies, in these rules – and clearly what we’re proposing is still just a fraction of the social interaction each of us would normally enjoy.

“I know many of you will find this frustrating and I am sorry about that. But I’m afraid it is unavoidable, given the nature of the invisible enemy we are fighting.”

The easing of lockdown measures comes after the Government confirmed all five tests for doing so had been met.

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He said: “The result is we can moved forward with adjusting the lockdown on Monday.”

The five tests for easing lockdown are:

  • Making sure the NHS can cope
  • A ‘sustained and consistent’ fall in the daily death rate
  • Rate of infection decreasing to ‘manageable levels’
  • Ensuring supply of tests and PPE can meet future demand
  • Being confident any adjustments would not risk a second peak that would overwhelm the NHS

The Prime Minister has also confirmed schools will reopen on Monday for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.

Mr Johnson said: “We will also start to reopen shops as we restart our economy. We will begin on Monday with outdoor retail and car showrooms where social distancing is generally easier.”

On June 15, non-essential businesses have also been given the green light to reopen.

The Prime Minsiter added: “And, a fortnight later, on the 15th of June, we intend to reopen other non-essential retail.”

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