Boris Johnson has announced that England will go into a new national lockdown phase from now and will become law in the early hours of Wednesday morning (6th January).
The Prime Minister said the new variant of the virus has been frustrating and it has proved more tricky to control.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) January 4, 2021
The new restrictions mean the following:
You must Stay At Home - you may only leave home for limited essential reasons like essential shopping (eg food and medicines), exercise, seeking medical assistance, to provide care or help to vulnerable people, if you cannot work from home, and to escape domestic abuse. This is now a legal requirement.
Schools will close from tomorrow to all but key workers and vulnerable children. Teaching will move to virtual and remote methods for all other children. Free school meals and devices will be available to those who are entitled to them.
However, nurseries can remain open while childcare and support bubbles will stay in place.
Non-essential shops and all hospitality will close although food and drink can be sold through delivery.
Those who are deemed vulnerable will again be asked to shield, they are being urged to stay at home as much as possible and not go to work even if they can't work from home. They should only go outside for exercise or to attend health appointments.
He added: that there is "one huge difference" compared to last time, saying the UK is "rolling out the biggest vaccination program in its history" and had so far "vaccinated more people than in the rest of Europe combined". He says the "pace of vaccination is accelerating" thanks to the arrival of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which patients began receiving earlier today.
The restrictions mean:
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
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Full details at gov.uk/coronavirus