Islanders should call the Police if they see neighbours having a big party or gathering, as Home Secretary Priti Patel confirms she would do the same as a result of stricter coronavirus restrictions coming into force.
It is now illegal for social gatherings of more than 6 people to take place with individuals facing fines of £100 for doing so, rising to as much as £3,200.
Priti Patel has said that it’s not about dobbing in your neighbours, but about taking personal responsibility. Anyone who sees a social gathering of more than 6 people should feel able to call the Police.
The stricter restrictions have been imposed by the Government in a bid to curb the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 across England.
However, there is a long list of exceptions to the ‘Rule of 6’. Groups can be larger than 6 people in the following circumstances:
• for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
• registered childcare, education or training
• supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups
• providing support to a vulnerable person
• providing emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm
• to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents
• fulfilling a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service
• elite sporting competition and training
• wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions – up to 30 people, in a public place
• funerals – up to 30 people. This does not include wakes, other than for religious ceremonial purposes
• other religious and belief-based life cycle ceremonies – up to 30 people, in a public place. This only covers the ceremonies, and does not include celebrations of these events
• organised sport or exercises classes or licensed outdoor physical activity. This does not include informal sport or fitness activity with family or friends – this must be limited to a group of 6
• support groups – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.
• protests – if organised in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance
Where a group includes someone covered by such an exception (for example, someone who is working), they are not counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means – for example – a tradesperson can go into a household of 6 without breaching the limit, if they are there for work.