People will only be allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons under the new lockdown measures.

England is now under stricter nationwide restrictions in an attempt to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new measures just after confirmed COVID-19 cases passed the one million mark across the UK.

The new restrictions will initially be imposed until 2 December across the whole of England, with the plan to then ease them on a local and regional basis.

The furlough scheme will remain until then.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have their own restrictions.

These are the new restrictions for England:

  • Only leave your home for specific reasons –
    • Childcare or education
    • For work if you cannot work from home
    • Exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place
    • Medical reasons, to escape injury or harm
    • Shop for food and essentials
    • To provide care for vulnerable people or visit people in your support bubble, or as a volunteer
    • To attend an event commemorating Remembrance Sunday
    • Visiting estate agents and show homes
    • Moving house
    • Visits to waste disposal or recycling centres
  • No mixing of different households inside homes, except for childcare and other support
  • No mixing of households outside, except for exercising or visiting a public place with one other person
  • People who shielded in March do not have to shield again, but clinically vulnerable and over-60s are advised to limit social contacts and follow rules carefully
  • All pubs, bars and restaurants to close – takeaways and deliveries are allowed
  • All non-essential retail to close, but deliveries to customers and click-and-collect can continue
  • Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. For the full list of what can remain open click here
  • Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups
  • Support groups that are essential to be in-person can remain open, with up to 15 participants, where organised to give mutual aid, therapy or any other means of support. For example, support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people with long-term illnesses, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement
  • International travel out of the UK banned, except for work
  • Avoid all non-essential travel by private or public transport
  • Overnight stays and holidays away from your home are not allowed, including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. Staying away from home for work purposes is allowed
  • Work places should stay open where people cannot work from home
  • Support bubbles remain
  • Children allowed to move between homes if parents separated
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation encouraged and is unlimited – only with your household/bubble, on your own or for an individual to meet one other person from a different household (golf and tennis not allowed)
  • Children under school age who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside – so a parent can see a friend or family member with their baby or young children
  • People can sit on park benches and have picnics as long as it is with their household
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be allowed except in exceptional circumstances
  • Services in places of worship banned but private prayer permitted
  • Funerals allowed to continue with a maximum of 30 people, with only close friends and family advised to attend
  • Linked ceremonial events like stone settings and ash scatterings can also keep going ahead, with up to 15 people
  • Manufacturing and construction to continue
  • Childcare settings, schools, colleges and universities to remain open
  • University students must not move back and forth between their permanent home and student accommodation during term time and should only return home at the end of term for Christmas
  • Playgrounds to remain open
  • Medical appointments to continue as normal
  • Vets to remain open
  • Courts to remain open
  • Job centres to remain open
  • Professional sports, including the Premier League, allowed but amateur sports are not
  • Hotels and hostels to remain open for people travelling for work and limited other reasons.

What is the guidance for care home visits during the second lockdown?

  • All care home residents can receive visits from friends and family. However, measures must be in place to ensure safety – such as floor to ceiling screens, visiting pods, and window visits
  • Outdoor visits with one other person are permitted, provided it can be accessed by the loved one without going into the main building
  • The guidance allows care home providers, families and local professionals to work together to find the right balance between the benefits of visiting on wellbeing and quality of life, and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to social care staff and vulnerable residents
  • Care homes are encouraged to arrange “virtual visits” using video calls.

Scotland has a five-tier system in place, with different areas under different levels of restriction.

The tiers begin at Level 0, described by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as “the closest to normality we can safely get to without more effective treatments for COVID or a vaccine against COVID”.

The most severe is Level 4, under which non-essential shops would close but the government will seek to keep manufacturing and construction firms open.

Northern Ireland is under a four-week circuit breaker that started on 16 October.

Pubs and restaurants there are closed except for takeaways and deliveries. Schools were shut for two weeks.

Retail outlets remain open, along with gyms for individual training.

People have been told they should work from home if possible.

Wales is under a two-week “firebreak” system that will end on 9 November.

People there can only leave their homes for limited reasons and must work from home where possible.

Leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses, community centres, libraries and recycling centres are all closed. Places of worship are shut except for funerals or wedding ceremonies.

When that ends, two households will be able to join together to form a bubble and up to 15 people will be allowed to meet indoors for an activity, with 30 outdoors. Schools will reopen in full however travel outside Wales during the England lockdown will be prohibited.

Source: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-what-you-can-and-cant-do-after-england-goes-into-second-lockdown-12119939