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Government Advice


STAY AT HOME - You must not leave or be outside of your home except for the following specific purposes:

  • Work & Volunteering where you cannot do this from home
  • Essential activities including:
    • to buy things at shops (e.g. food & medicine)
    • to collect things ordered through click-and-collect or as a takeaway 
    • to obtain or deposit money
    • to access critical public services (doctor, dentist, hospital appointment).
  • To fulfil legal obligations as well as activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a property.
  • Education and childcare 
    • education means formal provision (school, college, university) not extracurricular classes like music or drama
    • training
    • registered childcare and children’s activities that are necessary to allow parents/carers to work, seek work, or undertake education or training. (Parents can still take their children to school)
  • Meeting others and care. You may leave home to:
    • visit people in your support bubble
    • provide informal childcare for children 13 and under as part of a childcare bubble
    • provide care for vulnerable people
    • provide emergency assistance 
    • attend a support group (of up to 15 people)
    • receive respite care
  • Exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place
    • on your own, or
    • with people you live with, or
    • with members of your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or
    • when on your own, with one person from another household. (Children under 5, and disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside)
  • Medical reasons, harm and compassionate visits
    • medical reasons include going to get a COVID-19 test, appointments and emergencies
    • to visit someone who is giving birth or dying
    • to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm (such as domestic abuse)
    • to visit someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice or hospital, and accompany them to a medical appointment
    • to go to the vets (or other animal welfare services).
  • Events. You can leave home to attend/visit:
    • a place of worship for individual prayer only
    • a funeral or a related event for someone who has died
    • a burial ground or remembrance garden
    • a deathbed wedding.
    • a full list of what is allowed can be found here.

See the government website for the full restrictions and exemptions.

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

10 Positive Ways in which this lockdown is different from last time

  1. You can meet one friend in an outside, public place plus any pre-school children
  2. You can take unlimited exercise (whilst trying to limit travel to do so)
  3. Schools and Universities are staying open
  4. Dentists, opticians, chiropractors and osteopaths can stay open
  5. Nobody is being asked to shield (but are advised to take extra care to minimise contact with others)
  6. Public toilets will stay open if they are normally available to the public (including at gardens & castles)
  7. 'Support Bubbles' now exist so that an adult living alone can mix freely with one other household
  8. Click and Collect services will be allowed from non-essential shops 
  9. Garden Centres, waste and recycling tips can stay open
  10. Sitting on a bench is allowed!!


  • 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 Test and Trace 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, 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.

  • Travel to beaches, beauty spots, public parks and gardens etc

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.