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by Liam Kirkaldy
14 September 2020
New coronavirus 'rule of six' comes into force

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New coronavirus 'rule of six' comes into force

A new law limiting social gatherings to six people from a maximum two households has come into force in Scotland, with Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham saying people have a “personal responsibility to do the right thing”.

The rule, which applies both indoors and outdoors, reduces the total maximum group size allowed from eight people from three households to six people from two.

The move follows concerns over a rise in coronavirus cases, with Glasgow, Lanarkshire, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire facing tougher lockdown restrictions.

There were over 200 cases reported on Saturday and Sunday, while the daily count reached its highest level since early May.

But children under 12 will not count towards the total group size, while gatherings can exceed six for organised sports and at places of worship and wedding and funeral services, which will be capped at 20.

Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said: "The chief constable has made it clear that we are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.

"Our officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance.

"We will use enforcement as a last resort where there is a clear breach of the legislation."

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