COVID 19 Government Advice
COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Government Advice
The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.
Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home for full details.
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- work if you cannot reasonably work from home.
- volunteer - you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services
- 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.
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend communal religious worship
- attend a wedding or equivalent ceremony in exceptional circumstances and only for up to 6 people
- attend funerals - up to a maximum of 30 people. Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to 6 people.
- to facilitate a house move.
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.
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.
You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.
(You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.)
Voluntary and Community Sector information
Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support - but they must take place at a premises other than a private home.
Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit.
Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.
Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below.
- education and training – for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision
- childcare purposes and supervised activities for those children eligible to attend
- hosting blood donation sessions and food banks
- to provide medical treatment
- for elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
- for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
- for the purposes of film and TV filming
Libraries can remain open to provide access to IT and digital services
Places of worship, crematoriums and burial grounds can remain open, read more about place of worship here
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