Coronavirus: Childcare providers exempt from Government’s new six-people social gathering rule


Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England following a steep rise in coronavirus cases, but childcare providers are among those who are exempt from the new rule.

Nurseries and pre-schools are exempt from the new six-person rule.
Nurseries and pre-schools are exempt from the new six-person rule.

Childcare providers – including wraparound care – children’s groups and playgroups are exempt from the new six-person social gatherings limit which comes into force on Monday 14 September, the Government has confirmed.

Following a steep rise in coronavirus cases, new measures designed to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down were announced by the Government this week. They include banning people meeting with other households anywhere socially indoors or outdoors in groups of more than six.

Exemptions to the new rule
However, the Government said there would be exemptions to the new rule, which include ‘formal childcare provided by a registered provider’.

‘Family and friends can also provide informal childcare as long as groups from different households don’t exceed six people.

‘Youth groups, wraparound childcare, including settings not formally registered (such as those providing after school clubs, breakfast clubs, sports clubs), and other children’s groups will also be allowed to continue,’ the Government said.

The law change will also not apply to work settings, Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports.

The new rule will be enforced through a £100 fine if people fail to comply, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200.

The national guidance applies to England only, and the Government advised that people in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. 

More details of the new measures here

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