Areas with high numbers of coronavirus cases may be subject to local lockdowns with increased restrictions.

More information on areas with local lockdowns


Gatherings of more than six people are banned indoors and outdoors.

There are exceptions for specific events, and for things like schools and workplaces.

See details of exceptions


Most businesses including shops, pubs and restaurants, swimming pools and gyms and hairdressers are allowed to open.

More information on business closures

Face coverings

People over the age of 10 must wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and in other indoor spaces like museums, cinemas and places of worship.

Customers in hospitality venues, including pubs, bars and restaurants, must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings.

Exceptions include:

  • physical or mental illness, impairment or disability which prevents you wearing a face covering
  • taking medicine, eating and drinking when necessary
  • lip reading
  • travelling to escape harm
  • if you are asked to remove your face covering by someone in authority

Reporting a violation of the rules

Please make sure you understand what is and is not allowed before you get in touch with us. We particularly want you to tell us about large gatherings of people obviously from different households.

You can tell us about a breach of the coronavirus rules online.

More on what you can and cannot do on GOV.UK