Now it has been announced that there will be a ban of gatherings of more than six people.
Previously, guidance in England allowed gatherings of up to six people from different households outdoors, or two households of any size, indoors or outdoors, to meet.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce new coronavirus measures today, which will come into effect on Monday, September 14
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will go into detail about the new rules in a press conference today, September 9.
Yesterday, on September 8, Downing Street explained how new measures would be put in place in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
The new lockdown measures announced today will take effect on Monday, September 14.
The new rule will apply to people of all ages, in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Mr Johnson is expected to hold the press conference from Downing Street at 4pm.
You can watch the speech live on BBC News and Sky News.
The Prime Minister will be joined by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from Monday.
This rule applies to private homes, indoors and outdoors, as well as public places such as bars, pubs, restaurants and cafés.
No 10 said that groups of seven or more people of any age “risk being dispersed by police or fined for non-compliance”.
However, this rule does not apply to Covid-secure schools, workplaces, weddings, funerals and organised team sports.
We are still expected to continue washing hands, using face masks, keeping a social distance and getting tested if you have symptoms.
There are some exceptions to the new rules.