Following on from my recent newsletter, I am contacting you with an update following the Prime Ministers announcement in regard to a new national lockdown that will come into place on Thursday 5th November until 2nd December.
As of Thursday, people are advised to stay at home except for education, work (if it can't be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, visiting a member of your social bubble, to care for vulnerable others or the need to escape harm (such as domestic abuse).
The new measures will include the following restrictions:
- All pubs and restaurants will close (takeaways and deliveries can continue)
- All non-essential shops and retailers will close
- Hotels and other accommodation will remain open for essential travel only
- Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities including gyms as well as entertainment venues will close
- Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and other retailers providing essential goods and services will be able to stay open following COVID safe guidelines
- Courts, Job Centre Plus sites, Civil Registration Offices and Medical Centres will remain open
- Households will not be allowed to mix with others indoors or in private gardens
- Individuals can meet one person from outside their household or bubble in outdoor public spaces (children under school age do not count)
- Children will be able to move between homes if their parents are separated
- Schools, colleges and universities will remain open (students at universities will be encouraged not to travel back and forth between homes)
- Workplaces will be asked to stay open if work cannot be done from home such as construction and manufacturing
- Those who are Clinically vulnerable are advised not to go to work if they are unable to work from home
- Overnight stays and holidays both in the UK and abroad will not be allowed.
- Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people and ash scatterings up to 15 people (not including those who are working)
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be able to take place (except for exceptional circumstances)
- Places of worship will be closed unless they are used for funerals, broadcasting acts of worship, part of a school or essential voluntary service or support group.
The Furlough Scheme will be extended to pay up to 80% of lost wages for those whose workplace has been forced to close and are unable to work from home.
I know that some people will be concerned of the effects of a second lockdown, but it’s crucial that we all follow the new restrictions to protect the NHS and save lives.
As always, if anyone has any concerns or would like to seek clarity over the guidelines, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can also find out more information via the link below.
Amanda Solloway MP