What is and isn't allowed during the national lockdown

Find out how the second national lockdown in England announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson will affect you.

MPs will vote on the proposals on Wednesday. If approved, the measures will be introduced at 00:01 GMT on Thursday 5 November and remain in place until Wednesday 2 December.

At the conclusion of the four-week period, the government has said it is hoped that the tiered system will return. 

Unlike the national lockdown earlier this year, schools, colleges and universities will remain open. 

The furlough scheme will be also be extended, so workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80 per cent of their salary up to £2,500 a month.

This is what will happen: 

  • People can only leave their home for specific reasons - for childcare or education; work if you cannot work from home; to 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
  • 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 will close - takeaways and deliveries are allowed, but no takeaway alcohol
  • All non-essential retail will 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
  • Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups
  • Support groups that are essential to deliver 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 will be banned, except for work
  • People must 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 can 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 with one other person from a different household (golf is 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 are banned but private prayer is 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 can continue
  • Childcare settings, schools, colleges and universities will 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
  • Medical appointments can continue as normal
  • Playgrounds, vets, courts and job centres to remain open
  • Professional sports, including Premier League football, will be allowed but amateur sports - including grassroots - are not permitted 
  • Hotels and hostels to remain open for people travelling for work and limited other reasons

The full government guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november


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