# Four square metre rule

How the four square metre rule applies to gatherings, events and venues under public health orders.

In a place that may remain open to the public, occupiers and operators of the premises must not

• allow persons to enter or stay on the premises (whether outdoor or indoor) if the size of the premises is insufficient to allow for 4 square metres of space for each person (the four square metre rule)
• allow 100 or more people to enter and stay on indoor premises at the same time (the 100 person rule), and
• allow 500 or more people to enter and stay on outdoor premises at the same time (the 500 person rule).

Where the 4 square metre rule applies, the size of the premises has to allow for at least 4 square metres of space per person.

The rule is based on the total number of people in the space – including staff – and is limited to a maximum of 100 people gathering in the same, undivided indoor space.

### How to calculate the number of people for the size of your room

1. Measure the length of the room.
2. Measure the width of the room.
3. Multiply the length by the width to calculate the area of your room in square metres.
4. Divide the area of your room (calculated in square metres) by 4 to calculate the maximum number of people allowed.

 Number of people Minimum space required 1 4 square metres 10 40 square metres 20 80 square metres 30 120 square metres 40 160 square metres 50 200 square metres 60 240 square metres 70 280 square metres 80 320 square metres 90 360 square metres 100 400 square metres

### Example

• Length = 8.25 metres
• Width = 10.6 metres
• Square metres = 87.45
• Maximum number of people = 21

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