That comprises the household whose house the gathering is in and people from two additional households. We know that some individual households comprise more than 8 people, but it is nevertheless important to restrict the number of people meeting within enclosed spaces, which is why we are advising that only 8 people should meet at a time. As long as physical distancing between different households is maintained, this can include overnight stays. Individuals from different households are advised to keep 2 metres apart, be careful to clean surfaces if you touch them and wash your hands regularly, including when you enter someone’s house. You should not meet with people from any more than 4 different households in total in any single day, whether indoors or outdoors.
The following guidance for those organising ceremonies and receptions illustrates the reasoning behind maintaining the guidance for numbers mixing indoors, even where it may appear at first not necessary. The point being that larger groups of people coming together who know one another will be more likely to mix with one another i.e. in a hotel going in and out of each other’s rooms, which won’t be the case with those who are strangers to one another.
Ceremonies and Receptions
The update to Scotland’s route-map published on 9 July confirmed an easing of restrictions on attendance at funerals, marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations with physical distancing and numbers limited to 20. It also confirmed that associated receptions are subject to restrictions on hospitality and household meetings. Currently this is a maximum of 8 persons from 3 different households.
Indoor hospitality opens on 15 July for general business within guidelines for physical distancing (1 metre for those premises applying additional mitigating measures, otherwise 2 metres applies). Whilst hospitality premises will be open for general bookings from the public, the restrictions on how many people can meet in groups indoors from different households still applies i.e. everyone must continue to be mindful of the number of people they meet in hospitality settings and ensure their own group does not exceed the prescribed limit for indoors, even if the premises is hosting numerous other small groups of customers, who should also be observing the same limits.
Organised occasions such as meals/gatherings to mark a significant event like a wedding or funeral make observing the limit for mixing indoors difficult and are likely to involve larger numbers of people who, quite understandably, will wish to greet and engage with one another. It is therefore not possible to arrange larger groups of this nature within hospitality settings at this time.