You may leave the 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 with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare – for those eligible
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with.
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals can continue, subject to strict limits on attendance. You can also attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.
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 remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
Restaurants can continue to offer food delivery, but takeaway alcohol will be banned.
Outdoor sports venues – such as golf courses, tennis courts and outside gyms – must close but outdoor playgrounds will remain open.
Amateur team sports are not allowed, but elite sport such as Premier League football can continue.
An easy-read guide to lockdown restrictions is available here.
HANDS, FACE, SPACE
Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.
Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space.’
- hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
- face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)
In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on meeting others safely.
WORKING FROM HOME
To help contain the virus, office workers who can work from home should do so.
The government has advised that anyone who cannot work from home should go into their workplace. If you are attending your normal workplace, your employer must have undertaken a risk assessment to meet the government’s guidance on making workplaces COVID-secure.
You can find more information about your rights at work here.