The government has made public gatherings of more than 30 people illegal for the first time ahead of a further lifting of coronavirus restrictions this weekend.
Downing Street said the new coronavirus regulations, which take effect on 4 July, will put a limit on gatherings at home and in outdoor spaces that are not deemed Covid-19 secure.
Health protection regulations were signed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday morning and and were published later in the afternoon.
Police will be given powers to enforce the new cap on gatherings. However pubs and restaurants with a big indoor capacity will be exempt from the new cap on social gatherings.
The news comes ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictions as pubs prepare to reopen from Saturday – which was originally slated for just after midnight.
But hours later the government amended the legislation to halt pubs from reopening until 6am on Saturday morning.