National lockdown comes into force

The Prime Minister has announced that a new national lockdown is to come into force and that stay at home guidance should be followed immediately.

 

National Lockdown: Stay at home

National Lockdown: Stay at home

National lockdown comes into force

The Prime Minister has announced that a new national lockdown is to come into force and that stay at home guidance should be followed immediately.

Detailed guidance is available now from the Government website.

The announcement means that all schools and colleges will close with immediate effect, except to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will be taught remotely until February half term, but Early Years settings will remain open.

No-one must leave, or be outside of their home unless it is necessary, including for:

  • shopping for basic items
  • going to work or volunteering, if they cannot reasonably do so from home.
  • exercising with their household, support bubble or one other person (limited to once per day and only in their local area).
  • meeting their support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if they are legally permitted to form one.
  • seeking medical assistance or avoiding injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable will receive formal, written advice from their GP but they should only leave home to attend medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. They should not attend work. 

Additional support and Council services

The Council will immediately review the impact of the announcement on services - including staffing levels - and put in place any addtional support required by residents.

Further updates will be provided in the coming days with additional bulletins and updates to the Council's Coronavirus website, www.rotherham.gov.uk/coronavirus