New National Restrictions from 5 November

Subject to debate on the 4th November, these new restrictions will come into place on Thursday 5th November:

Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. No new areas will move in the LCAL Very High restrictions between now and Thursday. 

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action: 

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes. 
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes. 
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues. 

These new measures are intended to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work. 

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data. 

Complying with the new measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives. They will be underpinned by law which will make clear about what you must and must not do from 5 November. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.  

It covers:

1. Stay at home

2. Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)

3. Meeting with family and friends

4. Businesses and venues

5. Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

6. Going to work

7. Going to school, college and university

8. Childcare and children’s activities

9. Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

10. Visiting relatives in care homes

11. Travel

12. Financial support

You can read the guidance here