National Restrictions

Posted 2nd Nov 2020

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement on Saturday, England will enter a second national lockdown in an effort to bring the 'R' number (reproduction number) of Covid-19 down. These new measures will be put before Parliament today and it is likely they will come into force from 00.01 on Thursday 5th November until at least 2nd December.

This means you must stay at home except for a limited number of purposes including:
for childcare or education, where this is not provided online;
for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home;
to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place - with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household;
for any medical appointments and emergencies;
shopping for food and medicine;
to visit your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people;

To further reduce social contact non-essential businesses must close including:
clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops;
indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks;
entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys;
personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

Food shops, supermarkets, and garden centres can remain open but must follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services.
National Restrictions