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Second National Lockdown for England

2 November 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a second national lockdown for England to prevent a "medical and moral disaster" for the NHS.

Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will have to close for four weeks from Thursday 5 November.

However, unlike the restrictions in spring, schools, colleges and universities can stay open.

Under the new restrictions:

  • People are being told to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as work which cannot be done from home and education
  • And people are also allowed to leave home for exercise medical reasons, food and other essential shopping and providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering
  • Meeting indoors or in private gardens will not be allowed
  • But individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place
  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail across the nation will close but takeaways and click-and-collect shopping can remain open
  • Leisure and entertainment venues, including gyms, will also close
  • Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open
  • People are still allowed to form support bubbles
  • Children can move between homes if their parents are separated
  • Clinically vulnerable people are asked to be "especially careful" but people are not being asked to resume shielding

Read the Prime Minister's statement.

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

Following the government’s announcement on Saturday we are awaiting further guidance to be able to identify what support will be available to non-essential businesses required to close during this period.  As soon as this guidance is available the council will provide update. 

Further COVID19 support information and guidance.

 

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