Lockdown 3.0 announced by Prime Minister

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown, effective immediately.  You can find the full guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

What this means is:

  • You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).
  • A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes: 
    • Work – ​you can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home, including but not limited to people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance 
    • Volunteering – ​you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.  
    • Essential activities – ​you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating.
    • Education and childcare – ​You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children where they are eligible to attend. Access to education and children’s activities for school-aged pupils is restricted. See ​further information on education and childcare​. People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes ​childcare bubbles​. 
    • Meeting others and care – ​You can leave home to visit people in your ​support bubble​ ( if you are legally permitted to form one), to provide informal childcare for children under 14 as part of a childcare bubble​ (for example, to enable parents to work, and not to enable social contact between adults), to provide care for disabled or vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance, to attend a support group (of up to 15 people), or for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a person with a disability, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child. 
    • Exercise: ​You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble​.​ This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area​.​You should maintain ​social distancing​. See exercising and meeting other people. 
    • Medical reasons – ​You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies. 
    • Harm and compassionate visits​ – you can leave home to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse). You can also leave home to visit someone who is dying or someone in a care home (if permitted under ​care home guidance​), hospice, or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment.  
    • Animal welfare reasons​ – you can leave home for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment.  
    • Communal worship and life event​s – ​You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death,​ ​a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony.​ ​You ​should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship​ and ​must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.  Weddings, funerals a​nd religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.  
  • There are further reasonable excuses. For example, you may leave home to fulfil legal obligations or to carry out activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a residential property, or where it is reasonably necessary for voting in an election or referendum.
  • Where and when you can meet in larger groups – There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household, childcare or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes. A full list of these circumstances will be included in the regulations, and includes: 
    •  for work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, where it is unreasonable to do so from home.
    • Where eligible to use these services, for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children. Access to education and childcare facilities is restricted.  More information available here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare
  • Going to work – You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home. Where people cannot work from home – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers.  
    • Public sector employees working in essential services, including childcare or education, should continue to go into work.
    • Otherwise, you should avoid meeting for work in a private home or garden, where COVID-19 Secure measures may not be in place. 
    • Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.
  • The full list of businesses required to close can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes: 
    • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods.  These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
    • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.  
    • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes 
    • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres,  climbing walls, and golf courses.  
    • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks 
    • animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves) 
    • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise. 
    • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes 
    • community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. 
    • Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services

The restrictions will be kept under review.  If you have any queries about how this affects you, please contact catherine.price@newground.co.uk

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