The Rule of Six

The law covering social gatherings has changed. Now, when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police have the powers to enforce these legal limits. If hiring a room at the Quaker Centre, it is the hirer’s responsibility to ensure these rules, as they apply to them, are met.

There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people.   Some of the exceptions that are relevant to meetings taking place in the MK Quaker Centre are:

  • for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services.

  • registered childcare, education or training.

  • supervised activities provided for children, including youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups.

  • wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions – up to 15 people.

  • funerals – up to 30 people. (This does not include wakes).

  • exercise classes, organised outdoor sport or licensed outdoor physical activity, and supervised sporting activity (indoors or outdoors) for under-18s.

  • indoor organised team sports for disabled people.

  • support groups of up to 15 participants – 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.

All of those activities can continue to meet in groups larger than 6, as long as those activities take place properly socially distanced and in venues that have put in place covid-secure protocols in line with previous government guidance, as we have at the Quaker Centre.  Religious services may also be more than 6 people in total.

The relevant government guidance is: Coronavirus (Covid-19): Meeting with others safely.  (Social Distancing).  Updated on 22nd September 2020.

Please note:  even when your activity falls within the exception guidelines, any socializing before or after your meeting and during any breaks is not exempt.  Users of the Quaker Centre are encouraged to use both the front and back garden during any breaks to ensure that participants do not congregate in groups of more than 6.