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Official Restrictions

 FULL LOCKDOWN NOW IN FORCE IN ENGLAND 

STAY AT HOME     PROTECT THE NHS     SAVE LIVES

The new rules

  • Stay at home - only leave for work, essential shopping, exercise or medical appointments.
  • Support bubbles are still allowed and are treated as if a single household.
  • No household mixing is allowed indoors or outdoors.
  • Exercise is allowed once a day in your local area,
    • with members of your household or
    • one person may exercise with one person from another household.
  • Schools to be closed except for vulnerable children and those of support workers.
  • All non-essential shops, leisure & entertainment venues must be closed.
  • hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons must close.
  • All pubs, cafes and restaurants must close but can continue to do takeaway and delivery.
  • Businesses that can remain open include:
    • supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies
    • garden centres and builders' merchants & suppliers
    • churches
    • petrol stations and car & bike repair services
    • banks & post offices
    • Doctor, dentists and vets
    • car parks, public toilets and playgrounds
  • For a full list of the rules, restrictions and exemptions please go to the government website.

ALL OF WALES IS CURRENTLY IN LEVEL 4 LOCKDOWN

 This is the highest possible restriction.

  • All pubs, cafes and restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons must close.
  • All non-essential shops must close along with leisure and fitness centres.
  • Public facilities and holiday accommodation must be shut. Wedding receptions and wakes will need to be called off.
  • Schools and higher education establishments will remain open.

The Welsh lockdown currently has no end date and will be reviewed every three weeks, beginning in January.

OTHER CURRENT REQUIREMENTS - ENGLAND AND WALES

  • Face covering - you must wear a face covering in any indoor public places, including:
    • in all shops, including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies and Post Offices and takeaways. This also applies to staff in these places.
    • on public transport 
    • in private hire vehicles and taxis
    • in indoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
    • if visiting a hospital for any reason (whether visiting or as a patient).

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (persistent cough, fever or sudden loss of taste or sense of smell) you must immediately self-isolate for 10 days and ask for a test - either online or by calling 119. See the Coronavirus Symptoms page for full details. Fines for those breaching the self-isolation rules (whether you're the person with the virus or have been told to self-isolate because you're a contact of someone who has it) will start at £1,000 and can increase to £10,000 for repeat offences. These fines also apply to business owners who threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy or sacking. 

  • You should continue to follow social distancing rules and keep indoor areas well ventilated. Also avoid touching your face, and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • You should avoid using public transport if you can. Cycle, walk or drive wherever possible.
  • You should avoid sharing a private vehicle with anyone outside of your household or bubble.
  • For further guidance see the government website.

​​In England you may:

  • Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children. Bubbles now count as a household for the purposes of other rules. However bubbles are exclusive - you cannot be in more then one bubble and you may not change who you're in a bubble with.

Whatever you are doing you should try to stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household.

Those who are clinically vulnerable (the over 70's and those with certain medical conditions) - are advised to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

Those who are Extremely Vulnerable and were previously "Shielding" - This group may also, if they wish, form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance. A support bubble counts as one household.

All of this information, plus advice on many other aspects of the current situation, can be found on the government website

For full details of the guidance in Wales go to their website.