Full list of lockdown rules – what you can and can’t do under new restrictions

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In a bid to tackle the rapid spread of coronavirus, the whole of England will be plunged into a third national lockdown.

Much of the country already faced tough restrictions after being put into Tier 4 on New Year’s Eve.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced growing pressure to put England into a national lockdown as the new variant of coronavirus spreads.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said national restrictions should be brought in “within the next 24 hours” because the virus is “clearly out of control”.

And the Joint Biosecurity Centre has raised the UK's coronavirus alert level to 5 (the highest setting) for the first time since the pandemic began.

In a press conference tonight (January 4), Johnson announced the new lockdown, which is expected to remain in place until at least mid-February.

Here are all the rules you need to know:

New lockdown rules

The latest lockdown rules are very similar to those of the previous national lockdowns, with a few exceptions.

There will once again be a stay at home order in law, which means you can only leave your home in the following, limited circumstances:

  • For essential shopping
  • To go to work (if it's impossible for you to work from home)
  • To provide care or help to a vulnerable person
  • To exercise
  • To attend medical appointments (including dentists and opticians), seek medical help, or flee the threat of harm or violence

Shopping and entertainment

All non-essential shops, hairdressers, gyms, leisure centres, zoos, theme parks and other entertainment venues must close.

Essential shops can continue to stay open, so you won’t need to worry about not being able to go to the supermarket.

Other essential shops that can remain open are convenience stores, pharmacies, petrol stations, hardware stores, banks, pet shops and post offices.

Hospitality

Pubs, cafes, restaurants and other hospitality venues must close, apart from takeaways or deliveries.

But this can only be food – takeaway alcohol will be banned under this new lockdown.

Schools and nurseries

From tomorrow (January 5) schools will be closed for most pupils. Only vulnerable children and the children of key workers will be allowed to attend.

Nurseries and special provision will remain open.

University students will be expected to study from home until at least mid-February.

Sport and exercise

Outdoor team sports are not permitted, and tennis courts, gyms and golf courses must close. Elite sport will be allowed to go ahead.

You can exercise with one person from another household in a public place.

Other than this, mixing with people outside of your household or support bubble is completely banned – inside or outside.

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Travel

You should not travel for recreational purposes, and you must not visit a second home or holiday home.

You should not leave the country to go on holiday.

People who travel for business may still be allowed to do so – but only in situations where it is impossible to do your work from home.

Shielding

If you are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable, you should return to shielding. You should not go to work (even if you cannot work from home) and you should avoid busy places.

You should only leave your home for exercise of medical appointments.

What is allowed?

House moves and house viewings can still go ahead, as can driving tests and driving lessons.

Places of worship will remain open, but strict social distancing measures must be followed. Weddings can only go ahead in exceptional circumstances.

Childcare and support bubbles will remain in place, and children of divorced parents can move between their parents' homes.

You can have cleaners or tradespeople in your home to complete work, but you should observe strict social distancing.

  • Boris Johnson
  • Lockdown
  • Coronavirus

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