The new ‘rule of six’ legislation restricts the number of people who can meet socially and is coming into effect today.

People face fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure.

Gloucestershire Police say they will be encouraging people to comply with the new rules in the first instance, but will enforce them if required.

A spokesman said: "During patrols our officers will engage with those who may be breaking the law but we will still be explaining the restrictions and encouraging people to comply in the first instance.

"Enforcement has been the less frequent outcome but we will use it where necessary.

"This is the policing approach that has been used across the country to combat Covid-19 and has been effective here in Gloucestershire because most of you have been sticking to the rules.

"Everyone has a role to play limiting the outbreak by following the regulations, including these changes, and it is vital all of us carry on doing this as responsible members of society.

"The Constabulary continues to work closely with local partner agencies to help ensure a coordinated response to the pandemic in the county and we would just ask people to pay attention to the latest public health guidance, particularly the ‘wash hands, cover face, make space’ message."

More information about the changes can be found here.