Covid: What are the social distancing rules across the UK?

Concerns over the new Omicron variant of Covid have thrown doubt over many Christmas parties this month.
Many companies have cancelled or scaled back their plans, while some schools have decided not to go ahead with end-of-term Christmas events.
The government introduced new restrictions in England this week, and although it didn't reintroduce limits on socialising, it suggested that people take lateral flow tests before attending any indoor gathering.
It also reintroduced compulsory face coverings for most indoor spaces (although not pubs and restaurants).
Meanwhile Scotland has asked people to consider cancelling work Christmas parties.
Earlier this month, Dr Jenny Harries, head of the UK Health Security Agency, said we shouldn't be socialising "when we don't particularly need to".
Large groups can still hold parties in houses, bars, nightclubs or karaoke venues. Schools are allowed to hold events for parents if they wish.
The government's Winter Plan for England says that meeting outdoors is safer, but recommends plenty of ventilation if you are mixing indoors.
It says people should still "consider the risks of close contact", particularly if someone is clinically extremely vulnerable, or not fully vaccinated.
Government guidance also says: "You should still continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet."
Most rules on social distancing and limits to the size of gatherings were lifted in August.
However, the 2m (6ft) social distancing rule is still required in healthcare settings including doctors' surgeries and hospitals.
The law no longer requires people to keep a certain distance from each other in most public places. But the advice remains to keep a safe distance from those in other households – especially indoors – and to avoid crowded places.
Face coverings are still compulsory in most public indoor settings, such as shops and on public transport – as well as in pubs and restaurants when not seated.
All over-18s are required to prove their vaccine status at nightclubs and other venues.
Formal social distancing rules came to an end in Wales on 7 August.
There is no limit to the number of people who can meet indoors or outdoors. But businesses have to carry out their own risk assessments for venues and premises.
Face coverings remain compulsory in most indoor public places, and on public transport – but not in pubs and restaurants.
The NHS Covid Pass is needed for entry to nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls and many other indoor and outdoor events.
There's no requirement to socially distance outside.
A maximum of 30 people from an unlimited number of households can meet indoors in domestic settings. Social distancing should be maintained as much as possible.
Shops must take "reasonable measures to manage risk" and shoppers are asked to maintain physical distance with each other where possible.
Face coverings are compulsory in shops, indoor seated venues and visitor attractions, public transport and some other settings – unless you are exempt.
Vaccine passports are required for venues including nightclubs, bars and cinemas.
Coronavirus spreads mainly when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks – sending small droplets, packed with the virus, into the air.
The further apart people are, the lower the risk of the infection spreading.
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