GATHERINGS of more than six people will be made illegal from Monday, the government has announced.

This comes after coronavirus cases have continued to rise despite social distancing measures in place.

In the past week 67 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Barnsley, which brings the total to 2,203.

Under the new rules social gatherings will be limited to six people from Monday (September 14).

This will apply to both indoor and outdoor settings including pubs, cafes, and inside homes.

Police will have the power to break up gatherings of more than six people.

Participation in an illegal gathering could result in a £100 fine being given which could double on further offences up to a maximum of £3,200.