New national lockdown rules now in force

New restrictions have now come into force as England enters its second lockdown.

Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops have now closed until Wednesday 2 December but schools, colleges and universities are remaining open.

You now cannot leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes.

These include:

  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with one person from another household
  • for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm – such as domestic abuse
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

The BBC has a useful summary and how these lockdown rules are different from the first.

Following the ‘hands, face, space’ advice remains critical in halting the spread of coronavirus.

Health leaders in North Somerset have appealed to residents to take extra care and even think about going above and beyond the guidance.

Virus cases have risen significantly in North Somerset so everyone is asked to think carefully about whether their behaviour may put their family, friends or neighbours at unnecessary risk.

While it is not compulsory to wear a face covering outdoors, it is recommended in crowded situations where physical distancing is not always possible, such as at the school gate or at building entrances.

However, it’s important to continue to get medical help if you need it, especially if you feel very unwell or think there’s something seriously wrong.

Keep going to any appointments you usually have, unless you’re told not to.

Read about using the NHS and other health services during coronavirus.

Households can also form support bubbles for different situations, including helping with childcare. The BBC has a useful round-up.