National lockdown - guidance for businesses


As of today (5 January) a national lockdown is in place until 15 February to slow the spread of Covid-19. In light of this the following guidance is now in place.


Leaving Home


You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:


• 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


Businesses and venues which must close


To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The full list of businesses required to close can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:


• 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, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

• hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.

• accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes

• leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.

• entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks

• animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)

• indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.

• personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s 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 services

Some of these businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities.


Businesses and venues which can remain open


Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines. Businesses providing essential goods and services can stay open see the GOV.UK Coronavirus guidance page for the full list:


• essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences

• market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open

• businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services

• petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses

• banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses

• funeral directors

• laundrettes and dry cleaners

• medical and dental services

• vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals

• animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)

• agricultural supplies shops

• mobility and disability support shops

• storage and distribution facilities

• car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas

• outdoor playgrounds

• outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise

• places of worship

• crematoriums and burial grounds


Travel


You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall. The list of reasons you can leave your home and area include, but are not limited to:


• work, where you cannot reasonably work from home

• accessing education and for caring responsibilities

• visiting those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare

• visiting hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health

• buying goods or services that you need, but this should be within your local area wherever possible

• outdoor exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)

• attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services


International Travel


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.


Staying Away From Home


You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if that is not your primary residence. This also includes staying with anyone who you don’t live with unless they’re in your support bubble.


You are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you:


· are visiting your support bubble

· are unable to return to your main residence

· need accommodation while moving house

· need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event

· require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services

· are a child requiring accommodation for school or care

· are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse)

- are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition If you are already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical.


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