Boris Johnson announced on Friday that in response to the rapid increase in COVID19 case numbers, the UK will go into a second lockdown. This is in order to reduce the day-to-day contact with other people and thus limit the infection, in an effort to try protect the NHS and those around us. The three main actions being taken are:
- Requiring all people to stay at home (unless essential for school or work)
- Preventing gathering with people outside your household
- Closing certain businesses and venues These measures are being applied nationally until at least Wednesday 2nd December, 4 weeks after the start date. The national and local authorities will have the power to enforce the lockdown laws including fining those who do not comply and dispersing gatherings.
Stay at home exceptions:
- Childcare or education
- Work purposes where you cannot work from home, or where the place of work remains open
- To exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place with those you live with or your support bubble*
- For medical concerns, reasons, appointments or emergencies
- To avoid or escape risk of injury or harm such as domestic abuse
- Shopping for basic necessities, e.g. food and medicine which should be infrequent
- To visit members of your support bubble* or provide care for vulnerable people
*A support bubble is a close support network between a household with only one adult in the home and one other household of any size. Once you decide this is a support bubble it can be classed as a single household and you will be able to have close contact with members of that household. It is recommended that the support bubble lives locally wherever possible, this is to prevent the virus spreading from an area where there is a higher rate of infection. From the 14th of September you cannot change the support bubble members.
In order to stay safe outside the home it is important to ensure you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble. It is also required in the UK to wear a face covering indoors where social distancing is not possible, and where you will come into contact with people you do not usually meet e.g. a supermarket.
It is important to not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.You can however, exercise or visit outdoors places with a single person from another household. Outdoor public places include parks, benches, countryside, public gardens, and playgrounds. It does not include private gardens.
Businesses and Venues:
To reduce social contact many businesses have been closed, these include all non essential retail. You can get non-essential retail delivery or click-and-collect. Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities including bowling alleys, sports and swimming pools, golf courses, dance studios, stables, soft play facilities, and theme parks. All entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums, casinos, bingo halls, zoos and other animal attractions. Also all personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture. Hotels and hostels can remain open only for those who travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions.
Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services & funerals:
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people and is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonials to this, such as stone settings or ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together whilst at these events. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances. Places of worship are closed unless used for: funerals, broadcasting acts of worship online, individual prayer, childcare, or voluntary or public services such as blood donation or food bank.
All travel should be avoided and reduce the number of journeys you can make. Travelling can be done for: work, education, hospital GP or other medical appointments, visiting venues which are open like supermarkets, or exercise. If you must travel then walking or cycling are encouraged in order to practice social distancing. Overnight stays or holidays are not allowed, including holidays abroad or in the UK.
For more information check: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november