New government guidance: meeting others safely (social distancing)

Article date
11 September 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Following the announcement on 9 September, the government has now published new guidance on meeting others safely.

This guidance covers:

  • social distancing
  • seeing friends and family
  • Rules in other venues and activities

From Monday 14 September, it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 people (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits and issue fines.

Are there any exceptions?

There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including for work, and voluntary or charitable services but you must be Covid-19 secure and no-one should visit in a group greater than 6. Risk assessments should be updated to assess how you can safely accommodate this. See the guidance linked below for further details.

You will also be required by law to record contact details (data collected in this way should be kept secure and in line with GDPR requirements).

Charities should also check with their insurers to see if they are covered for these adapted services.

Other relevant guidance for charities

Charities should also consider guidance relevant to their services and operations, such as: