Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions in England

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. The government has acted now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

Read government guidance national restrictions

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Certain businesses and venues will close.

These new measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus, which will:

  • prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed
  • ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open
  • ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work

These measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

1.You need to stay at home - but

  • Children can go to school
  • You can go to work if it’s open
  • Doctors and hospitals are open
  • You and your family can visit parks or go for walks
  • Two people only from different homes can meet outside in a public space, if they stay 2 metres apart.

2. Do not meet with people you do not live with, inside or outside

  • If you can, work from home
  • Wear a face covering when outside or shopping
  • Stay 2 metres / 6 feet 6 inches away from people
  • Wash your hands regularly or use hand gel

3. Some businesses are closed - but

  • Food shops are open
  • Take-aways are open
  • Building sites are open

Advice if you have symptoms