This means at least 3.6 million people living in the households can no longer have visitors without breaking the rules.
As the government’s new ban on social gatherings came into force today, the Daily Star can reveal nearly 597,000 UK homes had six or more people living in them last year.
As the government’s new ban on social gatherings came into force today, the Daily Star can reveal nearly 597,000 UK homes had six or more people living in them last year
Today ministers were facing mounting pressure to relax the controversial crackdown to be enforced by up to £3,200 police fines and a new army of ” Covid marshals”.
The Rule of Six has banned more than three million Brits living in homes with six people or more from having visitors, statistics show.
Furious dad-of-four Thomas Hemingford, tweeted: “My wife and I have decided that our children will not be going back to school.
It also suggests that many housemates won’t be able to meet up outside their home if they number more than six.
“It’s not scientifically safe and there is not even a shell of a plan in the UK #RuleOfSix.”
“The UK Govt has proved their inability to protect people effectively and show little acumen.
And writer academic Gerry Hassan said: “Jacob Rees-Mogg & his wife have six children & at least one nanny. Under the UK Govt guidelines they cannot live together. Or is there something I am missing allowing the Tory entitlement class to say this rule is only for little people? #RuleOfSix”
John Scotting added: “My wife an I can’t decide which of our five kids to kick out on Monday, with the CV-19 ‘rule of 6’ coming into force. It’s got to be the ginger one, right?”
The chairman of the 1922 Committee of back bench Tories was backed by Labour as he said it interfered with a “right to normal family life.”
Tory MPs have been pushing for an exemption for children aged under 12, as has been allowed in both Scotland and Wales with Sir Graham Brady describing the rule as “extraordinarily harsh”.
Rachel Reeves, shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “I think the simplicity of the rule of six is useful, but I think the Government need to keep under review whether children need to be included in that or whether we can do more to enable families to come together.”
Restrictions banning social gatherings of more than six people are now in effect, as Covid-19 cases keep rising.
The “rule of six” applies both indoors and outdoors in England and Scotland, and indoors only in Wales.
England’s restrictions affect everyone, but children under 11 in Wales and under 12 in Scotland are exempt.