What the rule of 6 means for Cornish businesses

From Visit Cornwall:

People can still come on holiday to Cornwall, the distance they travel will not be restricted, but they should not come on holiday with people outside their household (including bubble) in a group larger than 6 people.

The guidance also clarifies that COVID secure venues can continue to host people up to their social distancing capacity, but that no one can visit in a group of more than 6 (except for the exemptions and where the household (including bubble) is greater than 6) This seems to be the most confusing bit!

It means for example, restaurants can operate at the current capacity provided that any individual group of people coming to the restaurant is made up of no more than six people and they stay socially distanced from other diners.

The regulations apply to the majority of public spaces, whether indoors or outdoors. Gatherings of more than six, but no more than thirty, may be permitted at weddings or civil partnerships, funerals and other religious or belief-based life cycle ceremonies.

Coaches, and other modes of transport, can still operate to their Covid Secure capacity provided that each individual party using the mode of transport complies with the Rule of Six and social distancing remains between each party

A tour guide can still take up to 30 people from the coach, or other method of transport, on a walking tour around a destination. But again the people must stay in their individual groups that comply with the Rule of Six with social distancing between them (and any rules in place at the destination).

As Devon & Cornwall Police state: The new rules are clear. We all have a personal responsibility for following them to help stop of the spread of a deadly virus. There are some exceptions to these rules, including if everyone in the group is a member of the same household or two linked households.

Police will have the ability to issue an on the spot £100 fixed penalty notice, which can rise to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offending.

Businesses will be legally required to take customer, visitor and staff contact details, if they are on their premises. This requirement will apply to all businesses and other public settings where people meet socially like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas.

Meanwhile Visit Cornwall is lobbying Government to have children excluded from the Rule of Six.

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