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NATIONAL LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 5TH 2021
NATIONAL LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 5TH 2021

National Lockdown effective from 5th January 2021

The Government has announced a national lockdown effective from 00:01 GMT on Tuesday 5th January and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

A rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country has placed hospitals under the most pressure that they have been at any other stage of the pandemic.

The lockdwn will stay in place until at least the middle of February.

Leaving your home

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’.

If you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, the police can issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice) - £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

Reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Work or volunteering where it is "unreasonable" to work from home. This includes work in someone else's home, such as that carried out by social workers, nannies, cleaners and tradespeople
  • Education, training, childcare and medical appointments and emergencies
  • Exercise outdoors (limited to once a day). This includes meeting one other person from another household in an open public space to exercise
  • Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
  • Communal religious worship
  • Meeting your support or childcare bubble. Children can also move between separated parents
  • Activities related to moving house

Full guidance and details of what you can and cannot do are available from GOV.UK.

Restrictions

The main restrictions are as follows:

  • People to stay at home except for work (but only if it can't be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others.
  • Exercise allowed outdoors once a day in your area with your support bubble or one other person.
  • Univerities and colleges closed.
  • Pubs and restaurants closed but takeaways and deliveries can continue.
  • All non-essential shops, leisure, gymnasium and entertertainment venues closed but supermarkets can sell non-essential goods.
  • Workplaces will stay open if people cannot work from home - including construction and manufacturing
  • No travel internationally or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions meaning foreign holidays and overnight stays anywhere in the UK are banned.

Further details of the lockdown can found at the following links:

Additional MAG Pages

Additional detailed information on other specific issues related to the Coronavirus pandemic in England can be found at the following links:

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