What are the new rules?
The news follows cases rising to around 3,000 new infections a day – levels that had not been seen in the UK since May.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce in a government press conference tomorrow that gatherings of more than six people will be banned across England in a bid to tackle rising infection rates.
Currently, the lawful limit on gatherings is 30 people.
Late on Tuesday night, No.10 announced that 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.
The chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, and chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, have agreed that the action is needed urgently after the number of positive cases rose steeply.
Why are they being introduced?
From Monday, gatherings of more than six people will be illegal.
In a Zoom meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, police forces said they would like rules on social contact to be simplified.
This will include private homes, parks, pubs and restaurants and they will be applied to all ages.
The rules will apply across England to all ages and to indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Where will they apply to?
Weddings, funerals and organised team sports will also be exempt if they are conducted in a Covid-secure way.
There will be a few scenarios where the restrictions do not apply, such as if your household or support bubble is larger than six people, or if you are gathering in a large group for the sake of work or education.
Will there be any exemptions?
What will the punishments be for breaking the rules?
Failure to stick to the new rules could mean a £100 fine, which will double with every subsequent offence up to £3,200.
The Government hope the new rules will make it easier for the police to break up large gatherings.