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Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, summer 2020 wasn’t exactly how anyone planned.
Holiday plans were cancelled, and staycations became the way forward.
But now even they are under threat thanks to the rise of coronavirus cases.
From Monday, September 14, groups of more than six people will be banned in England.
The Government’s new “rule of six” means we can’t gather in large groups inside or outside.
This could mean groups of families and friends who have booked a holiday together this Autumn could be forced to cancel their trip.
Of course, if you’re only travelling with people from your own household, there is no need to worry.
But if you were hoping to travel with people outside your household, meaning you would be more than six people, your plans could be scuppered, Manchester Evening News reports.
Previously, families and friends from two families of four would have been able to go on vacation together.
But from Monday this will be against the guidelines and the law.
Those who break the rules face a £100 fine, which doubles for every offence, up to £3,200.
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Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Witty has said the new rules are unlikely to be lifted in the coming weeks.
So it looks like some staycation plans will be ruined.
What are the new coronavirus rules?
From September 14, it will be against the law for more than six people to meet indoors or outdoors in England.
However, this rule does not apply to households or social bubbles of more than six people.
The rule does also not apply to Covid-secure weddings and funerals, education, work and organised team sports.
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Rental holiday homes and cottages
If you have booked a holiday home, cottage, self-catering accommodation or Airbnb in England for more than six people, you could be in breach of the rules.
It has not yet been made clear whether this is on the customer to self-police, or if it will be the responsibility of the owner/rental company to control bookings.
It is likely you will have to confirm on the booking if your party is from one household, or bubble.
Hotels & Hostels
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If your entire party, of more than six people, is staying in one hotel room, this is against the rules.
However, if you’re staying in separate rooms this would be fine.
But keep in mind socialising in communal areas, as well as in the hotel rooms, will be subject to the rule of six.
Hostels will need to reduce capacity or limit bookings to adhere to the rules.
It is likely many walking holidays where more than six people gather will be cancelled.
Contact your tour operator for more details.
Will the rules differ in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?
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Yes, and you need to follow the rules in your chosen destination.
Currently, the rule of six will only apply to England on Monday.
But stricter rule of six regulations are being brought in for both Wales and Scotland.
Nicola Sturgeon said the new limit of of six people from two households would apply indoors and outdoors.
She urged people to follow the revised rule immediately, although it will officially come into force next Monday.
Wales is to limit the number of people who can meet indoors at one time to six.
However, there are no changes to the rules on meeting outdoors.
In Northern Ireland people can gather in groups up to 15 people.
However, there are some localised restrictions in place, for example in Ballymena.
In NI six people from two different households can meet indoors.
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