What is the rule of six?
The rule of six applies across all indoor and outdoor settings, essentially banning gathering of more than six people unless they’re all in the same household or support bubble.
The Government said the new rule of six “simplifies and strengthens” the rules on social gatherings, making them “easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce”.
Police will be able to disperse anyone breaking the rule and fine individuals involved £100, doubling up to a maximum of £3,200.
Home Secretary Priti Patel held a call with Chief Constables to support police enforcement of the law.
Ms Patel said: “Across the country, we have all made enormous sacrifices in the fight against coronavirus.
“However, the recent rise in cases makes it clear that more needs to be done to stop the spread of this disease.