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Lockdown eased across UK allowing groups of people to meet outside – BBC News

Lockdown restrictions are being eased again across the UK over the next few days, with groups of people from different households finally being allowed to meet in each other’s gardens or in public spaces.

For millions of people it will be the first time they have been able to meet up with their families in more than two months. In England the changes come into effect on Monday. Up to six people will be able to meet outdoors, staying two metres apart.

In Northern Ireland people are already permitted to meet up in groups and Wales is due to set out its plans. Scotland is also easing its restrictions after what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said was a sustained downward trend in the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile Durham Police have issued a statement saying the Prime Minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings might have broken lockdown rules when he drove to Barnard Castle. They described it as a minor breach of the regulations and said no action would be taken.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg at Westminster, Danny Savage in Harrogate and Scotland Editor Sarah Smith in Glasgow.

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