From Thursday November 5th, new coronavirus restrictions will apply in England. These are outlined below, and will replace the previous tiered system until December 2nd.
- You should not leave your home, except for specific purposes: for work (where you cannot work from home), for education or childcare (where this cannot be done online), to shop for necessities, for medical reasons (including caring for a vulnerable person), for exercise or recreation with your household/ support bubble or one person from another household, or to escape injury and harm.
- Non-essential businesses must close, including non-essential retailers, gyms, salons, cinemas and museums. A full list of businesses required to close can be found here.
- Hospitality venues must close except for takeaway and delivery services.
- Overnight stays and holidays abroad and in the UK are not permitted, except for work/ educational purposes.
Education and Childcare
Schools, colleges and universities will remain open, with social distancing measures in place. If you live at university, you must not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time.
Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care, and early years settings can remain open. Parents can form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.
Public services (like the NHS), childcare providers, and support groups, may remain open. Construction, manufacturing and infrastructure may remain open where employees cannot work from home. Non-essential businesses (as above) will be required to close. You should avoid travelling to and from work where possible.
Weddings, Funerals and Places of Worship
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not take place. Places of worship may open for funerals and individual prayer.
If you are over 60, clinically vulnerable, or clinically extremely vulnerable, you should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others. Clinically vulnerable people are those aged 70 or over, or with these certain medical conditions. Clinically extremely vulnerable people are those with these certain medical conditions. Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to remain at home during this period, except for exercise.
These new national restrictions are set out in more detail on the Government website. As ever, you should practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face covering on transport, in shops, and indoor settings where practicable. If you or a member of your household experience coronavirus symptoms, get a positive test result, or are instructed by the NHS COVID-19 app/ Test and Trace, you should self-isolate. Advice about testing, self-isolating and contact-tracing is available on the NHS website.