Home Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Lockdown Restrictions

On 2 December, Nottingham will move into Tier 3 restrictions for COVID-19. A full list of these restrictions can be found on the GOV.UK website. Until that time, national lockdown restrictions will continue. 

The following restrictions are a summary of those set by the national Government:

See the full guidance here

You must not leave or be outside your home except for specific purposes. These include:

  • Work and volunteering
  • Essential activities to buy things at shops such as for food and medicine or to access critical public services.
  • Fulfilling legal obligations, or to carry out activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a property.
  • Education and childcare: You can leave home for education, training, registered childcare and children’s activities. Parents can still take their children to school.
  • Meeting others and providing care: You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble, or to provide informal childcare for children 13 and under as part of a childcare bubble, to provide care for vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance, attend a support group, or receive respite care. People can also exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place.
  • Medical reasons, harm and compassionate visits: You can leave home for any medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test; appointments and emergencies; to visit someone who is giving birth or dying; to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm (such as domestic abuse); to visit someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice, hospital; to accompany them to a medical appointment; or to go to the vets (or other animal welfare services).
  • Events: You can leave home to attend a place of worship for individual prayer, a funeral or a related event for someone who has died, to visit a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a deathbed wedding.

You can exercise or meet in a public outdoor space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person. You should minimise time spent outside your home.

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.

Outdoor public places include:

  • neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
  • public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • outdoor playgrounds

You cannot meet people in a private garden unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household or support bubble in larger groups:

  • work, voluntary or charitable services, and formal education or training
  • work in other people’s homes where necessary
  • Support groups that have to be delivered in person
  • Parent and child groups can continue where they provide support to parent and/or child, and children under five will not be counted within the 15 person limit
  • Funerals and some weddings can continue

Businesses and venues which must close:

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. These include:

  • 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, and market stalls selling non-essential goods
  • Hospitality venues such as cafés, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; except for those providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ 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
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

Other businesses are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
  • Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses.
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas.
  • Outdoor playgrounds

The majority of public services will continue and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include:

  • The NHS and medical services like GPs and dentists
  • Jobcentre Plus sites
  • Courts and probation services
  • Civil Registrations Offices, Passport and Visa Services, services provided to victims
  • Waste or Recycling Centres.

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance.

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover (‘deathbed wedding’). These weddings are limited to six people.

To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot do so they should continue to travel to their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers.

Schools, colleges and universities remain open.

There are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare during the national restrictions:

  • Early years settings and childminders remain open
  • You can access other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, seek work, attend education or training, or for the purposes of respite care for carers
  • Nannies will be able to continue to provide services
  • Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under
  • Some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble, which allows single adult households to join another household

Some youth services are able to continue, such as 1-1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period.

The Government will write to people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable with their full guidance. The definition of Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and the full guidance is here.

The guidance includes:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Ask others to collect your food or medicine for you
  • Safely meet 1 person for outdoor exercise
  • Do not attend a workplace. Work from home or, if not possible, apply for financial support.

More information about financial support is in the full guidance on the Gov.uk website.

If you need help with any of the above, you can call us on 0115 915 5555.

Care homes, especially those who have not allowed visits since March, will be encouraged and supported to provide safe visiting opportunities.

Visits should be tailored to residents and the facilities available. They will prioritise resident and staff safety to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

Measures must follow national principles to create COVID-secure opportunities for families to meet using visiting arrangements such as floor to ceiling screens, visiting pods, and window visits. Other types of visits may be allowed in exceptional circumstances such as end of life.

Avoid travelling and reduce the number of journeys you make. Walk or cycle where possible, and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Overnight stays and holidays away from your home are not allowed.

You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.

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.

The flexibility of the current CJRS will be retained to allow employees to continue to work where they can. Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit are eligible and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November – making this more generous than support currently on offer.

The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends.

Wherever you live, you may be able to get financial help through the: