AS lockdown restrictions continue to be eased, so groups of people can meet in different outdoor settings, here is everything you need to know about the rule of six.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday confirmed next step of the Covid Roadmap out of lockdown is going ahead, meaning a return to the rule of six in hospitality settings and the reopening of non-essential shops. 

Outdoor gatherings of up to six people have been allowed since March 29, but nice weather and a four-day bank holiday weekend saw groups flock to beauty spots and grassy areas raising questions around what and who counts in the rule of six. 

Here is what you need to know:

The rule means up to six people from different households can meet or, to make things easier for large families, two households of any size.

Indoor gatherings are still banned so meetings must take place outdoors or in private gardens. Next Monday, April 12, this will include outdoor hospitality.

This includes children of all ages, but professional carers are not counted as long as they are working.

A support bubble also counts as one household and social distancing guidance must still be adhered to.

The rule, slightly different from that of last summer, simplifies and strengthens the rules on social gatherings, making them easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce.

While the Stay at Home order has been lifted, you must stay local where possible. As lockdown eases against next week, self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets and caravans, can reopen.