Bring your own chairs and forks for BBQs, no paddling pools or washing up – the new lockdown rules to clear up confusion – The Sun

BRITAIN is finally making its way out of the strictest phase of lockdown and people can finally begin to see family and friends they haven't seen in months.

Brits can now gather in groups of six in parks or in private gardens – but summer barbecues won't look quite like normal – you'll have to bring your own chairs and you won't be able to help with the washing up.

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What can I do under the new lockdown rules?

The Government has issued strict guidance on how people in England can see their loved ones and even host garden parties for a small group of six while still staying at a safe distance and not passing on germs that could carry coronavirus.

But even following this strict guidance, everyone should stay at least 2 metres apart from people who are not in your household.

Bring your own chairs and cutlery – and no paddling pools

According to the guidance on how to have a picnic or BBQ in a country still grappling with coronavirus.

Guests should bring their own chairs if they want to sit back and have a drink with friends, and if you can't bring your own, you should wipe down your host's chairs carefully with household cleaner before and after.

The guidance said: "You should not be sharing garden equipment with people outside of your household because of the risk of transmission."

People should also bring their own cutlery to avoid passing germs that could linger on surfaces.

You are allowed to share food – but people from outside your own household shouldn't be passing plates around.

Children won't be allowed to use paddling pools, carry they could cause kids to pass the virus between each other.

They also shouldn't be sharing climbing frames or other playground equipment in case they pick up germs from there.

The guidance does allow for kids to play with a ball but warns "equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after".

What about going inside for the toilet?

You're not allowed to go inside someone else's home unless you are passing through to get to the garden, or to use their toilet.

But if you are using their toilet, the guidance warns people to wash your hands thoroughly, wipe down surface and use paper towels or separate towels to dry your hands which are then washed or thrown away.

But you won't be able to help your friends bring food and drinks outside from the kitchen or help them with the washing up before everyone heads home.

If you want a break from the sunshine and there's no shade around, you'll have to go home, according to the guidance people can't spend time in other people's garages or garden sheds.

The guidance says garages, sheds and cabins "are all indoor areas and where the risk of transmission is higher."

Can I go over to my partner's house?

No. The Government's lockdown guidelines includes what is effectively a ban on bonking – it strictly prohibits two people from separate households gathering in a private indoor place.

But police won't be able to barge in try check if there are people outside your household in your home.

A spokesperson for No10 said this lunchtime: "What (police) can do is enter homes where they suspect serious criminal activity is taking place under separate and existing laws.

What about sports and group exercise?

People can play sports that don't involve contact – so group golf and doubles tennis will be able to start up.

Again, the guidance warns people to use their own equipment and clean it frequently – if you are borrowing a tennis racquet for example cleaning should be even more thorough.

Ball sports can resume as long as you can stay socially distanced – and again focus on keeping everything clean.

People who play together in a team can start training and do exercise such as conditioning or fitness sessions together.

But, the guidance says, "they must be in separate groups of no more than six and must be 2 metres apart at all times."


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