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National Lockdown Guidance

Post Date: 07 Jan 2021

Earlier this week Boris Johnson ordered England’s third national lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to soar and urged the public to start following the rules immediately. 

Here is an overview of what you can an cannot do during the new lockdown period...

Leaving the house: only for essential reasons like work (if you cannot do so from home), shopping, providing care or attending a medical appointment.

Exercise: allowed once per day outdoors with one other person. Gyms and leisure centres closed.

Work: everyone should work from home if they can. Tradespeople can still visit people’s homes to carry out work.

Education: all schools and colleges closed until at least February half-term. University students must continue their courses online. Nurseries and early years settings will remain open. A-levels and GCSEs will be cancelled, but vocational exams can go ahead.

Retail: non-essential shops will remain closed. Hairdressers and beauty salons closed. Garden centres can stay open and veterinary surgeries.

Hospitality: pubs and restaurants must close. Takeaway food is permitted, but takeaway alcohol sales are not.

Sports: all indoor and outdoor sports will close, including golf courses and tennis clubs, and all team sports will be banned. Elite, professional sports, such as the Premier League, will continue.

Places of worship: can remain open for individual prayer.

Entertainment venues: all entertainment venues, such as cinemas and theatres, must remain closed.

Outdoor attractions: zoos and other similar attractions must close.

If you are in any doubt about what is and isn't permitted during this time, full details of new lockdown restrictions can be found here...