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Lockdown 3: what are the rules?

January 7, 2021

What you can and cannot do during the current English lockdown

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may only leave home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise outdoors once a day with your household or support bubble, or one other person (maintaining social distancing), and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the part of the city where you live. You may only leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

Support bubbles for people who live alone and households made up of single parents and children can continue.

Childcare bubbles are allowed to enable parents to work (and not to enable social contact between adults).

You should only be spending time with those in your household or support bubble, but you can exercise outdoors once a day with someone from outside your household or support bubble, with social distancing.

You must stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

If you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You will receive a letter with more details about what this means

Children can move between homes if their parents are separated.

Workplaces will stay open if people cannot work from home – including construction and manufacturing.

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Early Years settings can remain open but council-run nurseries will be closed to all but vulnerable children and children of critical workers from 7 January.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

For more details on the rules and guidance, CLICK HERE