Cambridge offers rich opportunities for learning and we want you to enjoy living, working and studying here. In order to protect each other, and the wider community, it is essential that everyone exercises real caution when gathering in social groups. Evidence from both the UK and overseas shows that a second spike in infection has largely been driven by increases in transmission amongst younger age groups. Transmissions at Universities have been seen in the UK and overseas. It is essential that people in all age groups continue to follow key public health measures, such as following the ‘rule of six’, maintaining two-metres distance from others and good hand hygiene.


The ‘rule of six’

It is against the law for more than six people to gather in public or private, either indoors or outdoors unless they are from the same household or social bubble. This is the Government’s ‘rule of six’. Groups of six or less must always follow rules on social distancing when they meet.

The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including (see the full Government guidance here):

  • where everyone lives together or is in the same support bubble
  • for work, and voluntary or charitable services
  • for education
  • organised indoor and outdoor sports, physical activity and exercise classes (see the list of recreational team sportsoutdoor sport and exercise allowed under the gyms and leisure centre guidance)
  • elite sporting competition or training

Colleges are aiming to provide many facilities and opportunities for socialising on-site. You are encouraged to use these in favour of external venues. Please check with your own College what is available.


Out and about in Cambridge

When you’re out and about in Cambridge, please remember we live within a wider community and that social distancing must be maintained at all times. 

We have been working very closely with Cambridge City Council and local business. They have processes in place to ensure everybody can enjoy Cambridge while following the latest guidance. They want everyone to be able to enjoy the city and have fun, but this must be in ways that follow the law and public health guidance in order to protect people’s health and prevent the need for further restrictions.

You can meet up in a group of six or fewer people from different households, but you must remember to maintain two-metre social distancing. You can also socialise with members of your household, but remember that if you are in a group of more than six people it may appear as if you are breaking the law and you may be challenged, including by police officers or by concerned members of the public. Venues in the city such as cafes, pubs and restaurants may limit groups to six people. 

Venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines, such as pubs, shops, restaurants or places of worship, will be able to continue to host more than six people in total. When you visit one of these places, you should:

  • follow the limits on the number of other people you should meet with as a group - no more than six people unless you all live together  
  • avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know 
  • provide your contact details to the organiser so that you can be contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme 
  • remember to wear a face covering unless exemptions apply 
  • avoid long queues as these can obstruct other people and make social distancing difficult

You should also:

1. Wear a face covering in public in a wide range of environments

The University and Colleges have issued a joint statement on face coverings, which applies to their premises. Some Colleges or Departments may have additional guidance.

2. Practise frequent handwashing and good respiratory hygiene

Sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it hygienically, cover your mouth if coughing and wash your hands again. Use hand sanitizers where and whenever these are provided. It is a good practice to carry hand sanitiser with you whenever you are away from your accommodation.


Visitors to Colleges

Check with your College’s Porters’ Lodge for the latest local visitor guidance which may vary between Colleges. See also the advice on the living in Cambridge page for more information and for advice on overnight visitors.