Lockdown 3 – what we can/can’t do

We are now back to March conditions in this severe nationwide lockdown which started at midnight. My understanding is the following, gleaned from various sources, including governmental ones

This means, we can only leave our homes to:

  • To shop for essentials
  • Volunteer – you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.
  • For education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children where they are eligible to attend. Access to education and children’s activities for school-aged pupils is restricted.
  • To visit people in your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one).
  • To go to work “if you absolutely cannot work from home”
  • To exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • To seek medical assistance
  • To get a Covid test
  • To escape domestic abuse
  • To provide care or help to a vulnerable person
  • To be with someone who is giving birth
  • To visit someone who is dying or someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice, or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment, or to visit a burial ground
  • For animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment.

What must close/stop:

  • All non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care, e.g., hairdressers and beauty salons
  • Outdoor gyms, golf courses, tennis courts
  • All team games no longer permitted
  • Holiday homes should not be visited
  • Weddings (unless extreme circumstance)
  • Zoos, etc
  • Holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed

What can stay open/carry on:

  • Restaurants for deliveries and takeaways, but NO alcohol
  • Garden centres
  • Nurseries
  • Places of worship
  • Playgrounds
  • Dentists and opticians
  • Funerals (up to 30)
  • Moving house
  • Elite sports with their own bubble, e.g., the Premiership

Schools will switch to online learning with no exams in the summer. Universities are also providing online learning. Meanwhile, the Chancellor has announced that businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will receive a grant worth up to £9,000.

Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble.

You can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.

Penalties for breaking the rules:

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices). You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

Public services

Public services

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

● getting an MOT, if you need to drive when lawfully leaving home


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