England is to enter at least 4 weeks of lockdown following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening.
Boris Johnson announced that cases of Coronavirus are in danger of spiralling out of control and the NHS being unable to cope. To prevent this happening the government are implementing an England wide lockdown which will run from Thursday 5th November through to 2nd of December. Michael Gove this morning though has stated that this period of lockdown may be extended if necessary.
We are being asked to stay at home and work from home unless we are unable to.
There are some differences, however, to the lockdown that we had in spring. Firstly, children and young people will still be able to go to school, college and university. All education establishments will stay open during this period of lockdown.
We can also leave our house during the day for exercise, essential shopping and to provide support to family members who need it.
Younger children will still be able to go to childminders and also other households there they are providing childcare.
Established bubbles of single households being combined with another household are still in place.
Pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues will all close along with ‘non-essential’ shops. Take away and delivery services will be permitted to continue.
Here is a full list of the new restrictions:
- Only leave your home for specific reasons – for childcare or education, work if you cannot work from home, to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place, medical reasons, to escape injury or harm, shop for food and essentials, to provide care for vulnerable people or visit people in your support bubble, or as a volunteer
- No mixing of different households inside homes, except for childcare and other support
- No mixing of households outside, except for exercising or visiting a public place with one other person
- People who shielded in March do not have to shield again, but clinically vulnerable and over-60s are advised to limit social contacts and follow rules carefully
- All pubs, bars and restaurants to close – takeaways and deliveries allowed, but no takeaway alcohol
- All non-essential retail to close, but deliveries to customers and click-and-collect can continue
- Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open
- International travel out of the UK banned, except for work
- Travel within the UK discouraged, except for work
- Workplaces should stay open where people cannot work from home
- Support bubbles remain
- Children allowed to move between homes if parents separated
- Outdoor exercise and recreation encouraged and is unlimited – only with your household/bubble, on your own or with one other person from a different household (golf is not allowed)
- People can sit on park benches and have picnics as long as it is with their household
- Services in places of worship banned but private prayer permitted
- Funerals allowed with close family members only
- Manufacturing and construction to continue
- Childcare settings, schools, colleges and universities to remain open
- Playgrounds to remain open
- Medical appointments to continue as normal
- Vets to remain open
- Courts to remain open
- Job centres to remain open
- Professional sports allowed but amateur sports are not
- Premier League matches will go-ahead
- Hotels and hostels to remain open for people travelling for work and limited other reasons
Once this lockdown period ends we will return to the 3 tier localised system for restrictions.