Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from September 14.

The steep rise in coronavirus cases in the UK has led to a government announcement making it illegal for groups to meet socially indoors or outdoors, and places such as bars, restaurants and cafes.

It will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports.

There will be a fine of £100 for those who fail to comply and this can double with each offence to a maximum of £3,200.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to give further details at a news conference later today.

Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to have more than six customers inside, but each group (of a maximum of six people) would have to be socially distant from each other.

Separately, lockdown measures are being reintroduced in Bolton, Greater Manchester, after a local rise in cases. It includes a ban on people socialising with people outside their own household in any setting, even outdoors.