Original article from Kent Live
As of today the rule of six will be in place, allowing family and friends to meet for the first time in almost three months.
Further lockdown restrictions have been eased by the government to the delight of many, as Kent takes a step forward to normality.
But there are still uncertainties as to what people can and can't do, now that groups of six people or two households can meet up outside.
As the MEN reports, people can gather in public parks as well as private gardens from today (March 29), making sure they abide by social distancing rules.
But can we pass through the house to use the loo?
Or say, for example, you need to walk through someone's house to get to their garden, is that allowed?
Similarly, if you are having a BBQ in someone's garden but you need to use the toilet, are you allowed to step inside and use the bathroom?
Number 10 has clarified the rules on gatherings in gardens, and here is what they had to say.
Entering someone's home to get to the garden is allowed, but the government suggests wearing a face covering to do so.
"If any guests must enter through a house to get to a garden, they should wear a face covering, wash or sanitise their hands before when entering, and then go straight into the garden," a spokesperson said.
They added that using the bathroom should be avoided if you're in someone else's garden.
"Guests should avoid going to the bathroom if possible, and make sure that if they do, they wash their hands thoroughly and maintain social distance from anyone else inside the home before and after," the spokesperson said.
The government said social mixing outdoors is being permitted ahead of indoor meetings because evidence shows that it is safer.
According to government guidance, the risk of coronavirus transmission is "considerably lower outdoors than indoors".
The government said that introducing the rule of six as well as a new two-household rule would provide "greater flexibility" for people and recognises the different situations faced by families and individuals.
The guidance explains: "Applying either limit provides greater flexibility, recognising the different situations faced by families and individuals; two households will be more helpful for families, while the rule of six is likely to help people in different households to reunite outdoors, including those living alone or in shared accommodation."
A full round up of all the changes in place from today can be found here.