Home Meets (Covid-19)

This page contains three sections: Current law, Meeting in the Home and Practical Application

This page does not apply to provision covered by the government definition of out-of-school settings (although the guidance is linked below). If you are running an out-of-school setting from your home, please refer to that guidance directly.

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Current law

The legislation and guidance change frequently. Please see the home page for details of the current law.

The guidance relevant to meeting in the home is summarised below.

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Meeting in the Home

Please note that during the national restrictions, although EHE is permitted in law, there may be some confusion among police and the general public. See the home page for details.

Practical Application

Putting this into practice, you shouldn’t be fined or arrested for having an educational activity in your home, particularly if there are under 30 people attending. However, you should be prepared to end the activity if the police were to challenge you. If you understand this, then you should be alright to meet in the home. (And again I’m not responsible for rogue police!)

Here is the guidance on working in homes. This is not enforceable law but is intended to reduce virus spread:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes

Finally, you may wish to refer to this article (with animations) on how ventilation affects indoor settings: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-28/a-room-a-bar-and-a-class-how-the-coronavirus-is-spread-through-the-air.html

P.S. If you are unhappy about the encroachment of the law into your own home, and would prefer to avoid surveillance and monitoring, you may be interested in the Privacy and Security page of the present site: https://homeedsurrey.wordpress.com/privacy-and-security/

Last updated 7 May 2021

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Disclaimer: This site is personal interpretation only, not legal advice, and not a substitute for checking the laws directly. It’s also not a “get out of jail free” card if you break the rules and arrange a purely social activity with no educational purpose. Please decide for yourself!

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