From the rule of six, to local lockdown, the rules of what we can and can’t do are very confusing at the moment, especially when it comes to the number of people visiting houses. If you have recently moved into a shared university house, or are a young professional with many individuals sharing one property, living, studying, working, and socialising all from home at the moment, might be quite tricky.
The current rules state that you must not be indoors or outdoors with more than six people at a time. For many of you in shared accommodation for University, there will be more than six within the house, who all come from different homes. This is the exception to the rule. For example, if there are eight people living under one roof, this is still classed as one household. This does mean that because there are more than six, no extra people will be allowed to visit, which might play havoc with your social life. However on the plus side, as you are all one household, you are allowed to all go out together.
So what if there are eight of you in the same house, but three of your housemates go out? As there will only be 5 under the roof, then yes, technically one extra person could come round to visit.
With new local lockdowns being brought in however, it will mean that there is no mixing of households at all, so you will only be able to see those who you live with.
If you live in a block of flats with communal areas, you will most likely have to wear a mask within those places and follow the 2 metres social distancing rule.
It is all very confusing, but the positive is, that this period of time to hang out with your housemates could be a great opportunity to get to know them properly.
For more information please read the Government guidelines https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak