We must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.

We should not leave our homes or be outside our homes other than for a few specific reasons:

  • To shop for basic necessities for you or a vulnerable person
  • To go to work if you cannot work from home
  • To provide essential voluntary or charitable services
  • To exercise, once a day
  • To meet your support bubble or childcare bubble, if you are legally able to form one
  • To seek medical assistance including getting a COVID test
  • To avoid injury or risk of harm including domestic abuse
  • To attend education or childcare, if you’re eligible.

There are some other exceptions where you can legally leave your home such as to take a pet to the vet or for children to move between households where parents do not live together, so please check the full ‘Stay at Home’ advice on the Government’s website.

  • Colleges, primary and secondary schools will be open for vulnerable children and children of key workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term
  • If you do leave your home you must stay in your local area unless you need to travel for a legally permitted reason such as work
  • Other than for exercise, you should not meet anyone you don’t live with (unless you’re in a support or childcare bubble). One person can meet another individual from a different household to exercise outdoors and you should stay 2 metres apart
  • Funerals can still take place with up to 30 guests. Weddings and equivalent ceremonies will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and with up to six people.

Please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for full details of the new lockdown rules.

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