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What are the new rules on social gatherings?

The number of people that can attend social gatherings will be slashed to six in England following a rise in coronavirus cases across the UK. From Monday, people will not be allowed to meet in large groups at private homes, parks, pubs and restaurants, although there are some exemptions. It comes after England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance agreed urgent action is needed after the number of daily positive cases rose to almost 3,000. Meanwhile, in Scotland, up to eight people are allowed to meet indoors, while groups of 15 from up to five households are permitted outdoors, but people should maintain a social distance. In Wales, up to 30 people can meet outdoors and in Northern Ireland the number is 15.

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