However, the rule of six does not apply to everyone and all situations.
Households or support bubbles of more than six people can still meet.
Furthermore, those gathering in groups larger than six for work and school are also exempt.
Places of worship, gyms, restaurants and hospitality settings are still allowed to host more than six people in total.
Wedding and funerals with up to 30 people are permitted in England and Wales, but only 20 people are able to gather for these events in Scotland.
Organised team sports involving more than six people are also permitted to continue as long as they are conducted in a covid-secure manner.