New restrictions for England from 5 November.

1 November 2020

PM, Boris Johnson sets out new four week national restrictions that will apply from Thursday 5th November across England.

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available. The full guidance is available at gov.uk.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. After which, the Government will look at returning to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

The full content of the guidance includes:

1. Stay at home

This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes.

2. Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)

You should minimise time spent outside your home and when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

3. Meeting with family and friends

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household - meaning the people you live with - or support bubble.

4. Businesses and venues

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close.

5. Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

6. Going to work

To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so.

7. Going to school, college and university

The Government will continue to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term futures of our young people and will not be closing schools, colleges or universities.

8. Childcare and children’s activities

Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care.

9. Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

If you have any of the listed health conditions, you may be clinically vulnerable, meaning you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

10. Visiting relatives in care homes

Guidance on care home visits will be published ahead of Thursday. For now, you should follow existing guidance

11. Travel

Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed- including holidays in the UK and abroad.

12. Financial support

Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month. Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced.