New lockdown restrictions from Thursday 5th November
You will have heard that new national restrictions are being brought in to help control the threat of COVID-19.
The new restrictions will come into effect at 00.01am on Thursday 5th November and will remain in place until Wednesday 2nd December.
COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries and it is important that we act now to control the spread of the virus.
To help protect the NHS and save lives we are being asked to reduce our day to day contact with other people which will help reduce the spread of infection.
The Government is taking the following action:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Preventing gatherings with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Closing certain businesses and venues.
We are awaiting further government guidance in relation to council services and will be able to provide advise to members in due course.
Detailed information on the new lockdown restrictions can be found on the Government Website.
Key points can be found below.
Stay at home
You may only go out for specific purposes, which include:
- childcare or education
- work - if you cannot work from home (e.g. construction, manufacturing) and your workplace is open (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
- exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public places
- medical concerns, appointments and emergencies
- shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
- visiting members of your support bubble or providing care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
- you should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make.
Business and venues
Business that have been ordered to close include:
- All non-essential retail
- Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities e.g. bowling alleys, gyms, golf, soft play facilities
- Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums, zoos
- Personal care such as hair, beauty and nail salons, non-medical acupuncture.
Business still allowed to operate include:
- Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and other essential goods/services
- Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers/click-and-collect.
- Playgrounds can remain open.
- Hospitality venues like restaurants and pubs can still provide takeaway (excl alcohol)
- Hotels and hostels should only open for those who have to travel for work and a limited other exemptions (to be set out in law).
- Venues providing specific exempt activities, eg childcare and support groups. Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support.
Public services that will remain open include:
- NHS and medical services such as GPs
- Jobcentre Plus sites
- Civil Registration Offices
- Expectation that core Council Services remain open
Weddings, funerals etc.
Funerals - maximum of 30 people, advised only close friends and family attend.
Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included.
Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.
Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:
- broadcast acts of worship
- individual prayer
- formal childcare or where part of a school
- essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
- other exempted activities such as some support groups.
Schools, colleges, early years
Schools, colleges and universities remain open.
Additional restrictions put in place:
- Those living at university must not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time.
- Should only return home at the end of term for Christmas – further guidance to be published on the end of term.
Childcare and children’s activities:
- Parents still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care.
- Early years settings can remain open.
- Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.
- Some youth services may be able to continue, such as 1-1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period.
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