3. National lockdown: What you can and cannot do
The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown which will last until at least February half-term. People have been instructed to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.
The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country which has been attributed to a new variant of Covid-19, believed to be between 50 and 70 per cent more infectious.
From today, people will only be allowed to leave their homes for the following reasons:
• Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
• Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
• Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
• Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
• Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
• Attend education or childcare - for those eligible.