Gatherings and Overnighters: my video explainer on the 1 June coronavirus emergency laws

Click here for my new video on the Chambers YouTube Channel. I explain the main changes that affect us all from yesterday.

The main restrictions are:

a. No gatherings outdoors if there are more than 6 of you (there are exceptions);

b. You can’t be in a gathering with someone else (even if it’s only one other person) indoors (there are exceptions).

One of the main exceptions is if you’re with people from your own household.

But query: what is a “gathering”? How do you know when you’re in one?

This is the definition of what a “gathering” is:

“there is a gathering when two or more people are present together in the same place in order to engage in any form of social interaction with each other, or to undertake any other activity with each other”

 

So if you are indoors with someone, the emphasis seems to be on whether you are doing something “with” the person. Are you “socially interacting” with them, or are you “undertaking an activity” with them? If not, then you are not in gathering, and you are perfectly allowed to be with them.

Take a look at the video, it’s only five minutes long.

 

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