National lockdown: Stay at Home
When you can leave home
You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).
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.
A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes:
- Work – you can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home, including but not limited to people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance
- Volunteering – you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.
- Essential activities – you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating.
- Education and childcare – You can only leave home 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. See further information on education and childcare . People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles .
- Meeting others and care – You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one), to provide informal childcare for children under 14 as part of a childcare bubble (for example, to enable parents to work, and not to enable social contact between adults), to provide care for disabled or vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance, to attend a support group (of up to 15 people), or for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a person with a disability, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child.
- Exercise You can continue 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 . You should maintain social distancing . See exercising and meeting other people.
- Medical reasons – You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.
- Harm and compassionate visits – you can leave home to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse). You can also leave home 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.
- Animal welfare reasons – you can leave home for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment.
- Communal worship and life event s – You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.
Coronavirus Support & Guidance – What you need to know
As the uncertainty around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to grow, the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce would like to reassure our members and partners that we are here to help. Below you will find the most up to date information to help guide you through this challenging time.
- Government increases self-employed support. Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant is being extended from 1 November 2020. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can get.
- What to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work. This guidance will clarify eligibility conditions for Universal Credit and New Style Employment and Support Allowance and to add Pension Credit, New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance and the Test and Trace Support Payment as other financial help that can be claimed. Guidance for people who are self-employed and getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- The YouTube video about how to make a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claim has been updated.
- Military reservists will be able to access the government’s self employment scheme Reservists returning to civilian work eligible
- Here is some information about approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Apprenticeship training and assessment can continue to be delivered under national restrictions and all local restriction tiers Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers
- Here is a message to the housing industry from the Housing Secretary, Executive Chairman of the Home Builders Federation and Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders to the housing industry on continuing to work securely. A message to the housing industry on continuing to work securely
- Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers. The government has announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus.
- To support individuals and businesses to deal with the challenges created by coronavirus (COVID-19) during this winter (2020 to 2021), the government is providing additional support to help employers retain their employees through the Job Support Scheme (JSS) .
- Kickstart Scheme: promotional materials. Use these materials to promote the Kickstart Scheme to employers and potential job placement participants.
- Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know. Local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.
- The Kickstart scheme is helping young people at risk of long term unemployment get into the job market by providing government funding for employers to create six-month job placements. Find someone to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf.
- The list of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate has been updated
- The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. Download the NHS COVID-19 app
- Further clarity has been made to the section ‘Staff in indoor settings’. Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
- This is the Winter Economy Plan update in full. Winter Economy Plan
- Further clarity has been made to the section ‘Staff in indoor settings’. Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own
- Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue. Use this service to create a QR code for display in your venue. Get visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- All parts of Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, will now be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.
- The rules on social contact changed on today (Monday 14 September) you must not meet in groups of more than 6 when meeting with people outside of your household Information on meeting with others safely.
- Venues required by law to record contact details. Premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.
- Companies House resumes voluntary strike off process. Temporary measures to suspend voluntary strike off action will be lifted from today (10 September 2020).
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel
- Face coverings in education – Guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in Years 7 and above in England.
- Guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated by the government.
- Guidance for employees and employers on self-isolating after returning to the UK. Self-isolating after returning to the UK: your employment rights
- The Government has added a new chapter to its recovery strategy. Our plan to rebuild
- A new government scheme has been launched to support English universities at risk of insolvency. Government scheme to help universities in financial difficulties
- Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own. This page explains when to wear a face covering and how to make one.
- New package of support to help employers and Further Education (FE) providers deliver high-quality industry placements has been launched. New package of support for T Level industry placements
- A new temporary reduced rate of VAT of 5% was announced on 8 July 2020 for admission to certain attractions. This temporary rate will apply from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021. Check which attractions are eligible
- The Small Business Commissioner can investigate complaints from small businesses (a business with less than 50 employees) and their larger client (a business with more than 50 employees) and make non legally binding recommendations to resolve a dispute. Ensuring businesses continue to be paid promptly. The Office of the Small Business Commissioner can also assist small businesses by checking contracts, providing advice on getting invoices right and signposting them to existing support and dispute resolution services.
- The Manufacturing Growth Programme has been extended until December 2022
- The guidance regarding exporting PPE has been updated as companies no longer need to apply for an export licence to export PPE. Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally.
- Major changes to insolvency law come into force. The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act has received Royal Assent and came into force on 26 June 2020.
- Easing coronavirus health measures at the UK border. Exempting passengers from self-isolation requirements in certain circumstances on arrival in the UK.
- Guidance for DCMS sectors in relation to coronavirus had been published. Information for DCMS sectors in response to coronavirus
- Sending your forms to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak. The latest release of the service allows users to upload their change of constitution forms.
- Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site. The UK government has developed a new tool and guidance for businesses to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.
- Government has published a code of practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses. Code of practice for the commercial property sector
- A letter from the Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets, Paul Scully , to those working in retail has been published. Letter to the retail sector
- How to treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus. Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees and how to report them to HMRC.
- Department for Transport issue an infographic on safe return to work on the transport network
- Safer travel and working principles for airports and aviation operators – safer aviation guidance for operators
- Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations are providing coronavirus related support for specific sectors. Coronavirus support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associationsf
- Companies House – As an emergency response to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve developed a temporary online service to upload a number of completed forms and send them to Companies House digitally. Sending your forms to Companies House
- From 15 June, you must wear a face covering on public transport. Staying safe outside your home
- Guidance updated to reflect current regulations – Closing certain businesses and venues in England
- All staff in hospitals in England will be provided with surgical masks which they will be expected to wear from 15 June. All visitors and outpatients must wear face coverings at all times. Face masks and coverings to be worn by all NHS hospital staff and visitors
- Guidance on how OPSS is supporting businesses and local authorities and protecting consumers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. OPSS coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for business and local authorities
- NHS Test and Trace workplace guidance. Under the new NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for Coronavirus in England will will need to share information about their recent interactions. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus
- Government introduces legislation to relieve burden on businesses and support economic recovery. The government has introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill in Parliament.FCLBIS
- Updated information on symptoms COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
- Clarification added on the guidance for the freight transport industry on international travel following government advice for British nationals. Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for the freight transport industry
- Announcing new safer travel guidance for members of the public and safer transport guidance for operators. New transport guidance for passengers and operators has been announced
- The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured way, subject to successfully controlling the virus and being able to monitor and react to its spread.
- Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak. Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
- The Skills Toolkit offers free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills
- Vital routes for supplies and people have been protected today through a coronavirus support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly in and out of the UK, and around the country, throughout the pandemic. Action will protect the transport links the country relies on
- Manufacture of Coronavirus testing capacity and testing kits. The UK government is requesting industry involvement in the manufacture of Coronavirus testing capacity and testing kits. Businesses who meet this specification should review the guidance on helping the government increase testing capacity and register here
- Annual inspection waiver for tank vehicles. Notice allowing tank vehicles, with extended roadworthiness test certificates, to remain in service and on our roads without a valid ADR 1(C) certificate.
- The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has robust plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)
- Chancellor waives import taxes on vital medical equipment including ventilators, coronavirus testing kits and protective clothing. Chancellor waives duties and VAT on vital medical imports
- Can you help? Offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business Use this service to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.
- Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in the UK COVID-19 advice for accommodation providers
- Companies House: guidance if Coronavirus has affected your company and you need more time to file your accounts.
All Chamber members have the benefit Chamber HR – access 24/7 to online HR support including templates for policies and guidance
- Information has been added to the Kickstart Scheme ‘Find someone to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf’ is now added.
- Warning that thermal cameras and other such “temperature screening” products, some of which make direct claims to screen for COVID-19, are not a reliable way to detect if people have the virus. MHRA say don’t rely on temperature screening products for detection of coronavirus.
- Military reservists returning to work in the coming months will be eligible for the job retention scheme Reservists returning to civilian work eligible
- People on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme. Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough
- The guidance for employers about multiple coronavirus outbreaks in the workplace has been added. Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers.
- Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- NCSC has published guidance to support businesses moving from physical to digital delivery in response to Covid-19. Security questions to ask your IT service providers during the coronavirus lockdown
- The Information Commissioner’s Office has published guidance covering how employers should handle data if they decide to test employees for Covid-19. ICO guidance on workplace Covid-19 testing
- Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate. Furloughed workers to receive full parental leave entitlement
- Free impartial support is being offered to help businesses recruit quickly to keep up with the demands of Covid-19, support businesses who have employees at risk of or facing redundancy and to help individuals find new employment opportunities. Here are details for business support and individuals
- Guidance on social distancing in the workplace Advice for employers on social distancing during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- New legislation making major changes to existing employment regulations came into force on Monday 6 April 2020 Employment law changes
- Advice and support while self-isolating or working from home can be found here Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- For those with employees who need to stay home with confirmed or possible Coronavirus infection, guidance can be found here Stay at home guidance
All Chamber members have access to Chamber Finance Finder. Simply register for a free account, provide the relevant information, and within minutes you’ll be matched to all available finance opportunities on the market, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS). Check your eligibility for these and other COVID-19 funding solutions and track your progress via the online portal find out more information here
UPDATE: Job Retention Scheme – A Step-by-step guide has been developed to reflect the recent changes to the scheme, and a new key dates guide has also been published
UPDATE: The Job Retention Scheme has been extended to the 30 April 2021.
- Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus New payment scheme will be available in March 2021.
- Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Guidance on Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs added – Insurance policies are unlikely to cover pandemics or unspecified notifiable diseases, such as COVID-19. However, those businesses which have an insurance policy that covers government ordered closure and pandemics or government ordered closure and unspecified notifiable disease may be able to make a claim
- There are now monthly deadlines for Job Retention Scheme claims. This means that you may need to submit earlier than you have in previous months. Use this list of dates to help you submit before it’s too late
- The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme has been updated with notes on shielding
- The Bounce Back Loan scheme application deadline has been extended to January 31 2021 and new options are available to top up existing loans, extend the loan period, make interest-only repayments, or pause repayments.
- People in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. New legal duty to self-isolate comes into forceThe templates used for submitting a claim for 100 or more employees have been updated. Employers must now include if an employee has returned from statutory leave before being put on furlough.If you’ve been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme. You can check here if you are able to apply for the Kickstart Scheme funding.
- New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments is introduced
- Find out how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve over claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back
- How to apply for breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company, under measures to support companies and other types of business in financial difficulty. Applying for a moratorium under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020
- The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open for grants of up to £50,000 for the very best small British development charities tackling coronavirus.
- The Cabinet Office have published a tool for businesses to ascertain what support is available to them. Find coronavirus financial support for your business
- Future Fund – New government funding announced. Future Fund will issue convertible loans between £125,000 to £5 million to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. The application deadline has been extended to January 31 2021.
- Find out what equipment, services or supplies are taxable if your employees are working from home due to coronavirus Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus
- HMRC have produced guidance on temporary changes to the use and supply of denatured alcohol and duty-free spirits, to help businesses who produce hand sanitiser and gel
- Insurers know this is an incredibly difficult time for families and businesses as people seek to make the right decisions for their own health and that of their family. The Association of Business Insurers (ABI) has provided guidance and answers to common questions. If you are unsure what your policy covers you for then check with your insurer or insurance broker.
- The government have issued the following guidance Business rates: expanded retail discount – guidance
- In response to extensive BRC pressure and widespread consumer demand, the contactless limit for in-store card transactions will increase from £30 to £45. This is being introduced as a measure in response to the coronavirus epidemic, to reduce the need for physical contact with PIN-Entry Devices (PEDs) at points of sale.
- Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction. Commercial tenants unable to pay rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction. Measures support ongoing conversations between landlords and tenants about voluntary arrangements. Latest measure builds on the unprecedented package of support for businesses already announced
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HAVE YOUR SAY: As a chamber network we have answered a number of questions around coronavirus, these can be found here If you have a question that you would like answered about these issues or any other Coronavirus support announced by the government, please email our policy team
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Exercising and meeting other people
You should minimise time spent outside your home. It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- by yourself
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one)
- in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
- or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
Public outdoor places include:
- parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
- the grounds of a heritage site
Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.
When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household – meaning the people you live with – or your support bubble.
Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering). You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops or
places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.
Support and childcare bubbles
You have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a support or childcare bubble. This means not everyone will be able to form a bubble.
It is against the law to form a support bubble if you do not follow these rules.
You are permitted to leave your home to visit your support bubble (and to stay overnight with them). However, if you form a support bubble, it is best if this is with a household who live locally. This will help prevent the virus spreading from an area where more people are infected.
If you live in a household with anyone aged under 14, you can form a childcare bubble . This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare.
You must not meet socially with your childcare bubble, and must avoid seeing members of your childcare and support bubbles at the same time.
Where and when you can meet in larger groups
There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household, childcare or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes. A full list of these circumstances will be included in the
regulations, and includes:
- for work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, where it is unreasonable to do so from home. This can include work in other people’s homes where necessary – for example, for nannies, cleaners, social care workers providing support to children and
families, or tradespeople. See guidance on working safely in other people’s homes). Where a work meeting does not need to take place in a private home or garden, it should not – for example, altho ugh you can meet a personal trainer, you should do so in a public outdoor place.
- in a childcare bubble (for the purposes of childcare only)
- Where eligible to use these services, for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children. Access to education and childcare facilities is restricted. See further information on education and childcare.
- for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians
- to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care
- for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them
- to place or facilitate the placing of a child or children in the care of another by social services
- for birth partners
- to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or
to escape a risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- to see someone who is dying
- to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service
- for gatherings within criminal justice accommodation or
immigration detention centres
- to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable, or to
provide respite for a carer
- for a wedding or equivalent ceremony in exceptional circumstances and only for up to 6 people
- for funerals – up to a maximum of 30 people. Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to 6 people.
- to visit someone at home who is dying, or to visit someone receiving treatment in a hospital, hospice or care home, or to accompany a family member or friend to a medical appointment
- for elite sportspeople (and their coaches if necessary, or parents/guardians if they are under 18) – or those on an official elite sports pathway – to compete and train
- to facilitate a house move
Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support – but they must take place at a premises other than a private home.
Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means, for example, a tradesperson can go into a household without breaching the limit, if they are there for work, and the officiant at a wedding would not count towards the limit.
If you break 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.
Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus
If you are clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus . Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not attend work, school, college or university, and limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.
You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes). 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
If you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.
Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble. See the guidance on car sharing .
If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance.
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.
If you do need to travel overseas (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development
Office (FCDO) travel advice .
UK residents currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.
Foreign nationals are subject to the ‘Stay at Home’ regulations. You should not travel abroad unless it is permitted. This means you must not go on holiday. If you are visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.
Going to work
You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home.
Where people cannot work from home – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers.
Public sector employees working in essential services, including childcare or education, should continue to go into work.
Where it is necessary for you to work in other people’s homes – for example, for nannies, cleaners or tradespeople – you can do so.
Otherwise, you should avoid meeting for work in a private home or garden, where COVID-19 Secure measures may not be in place.
Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.
The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed closely. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.
Businesses and venues
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. A full list of exemptions can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England , but includes:
- education and training – for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision
- childcare purposes and supervised activities for those children eligible to attend
- hosting blood donation sessions and food banks
- to provide medical treatment
- for elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor andoutdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
- for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
- for the purposes of film and TV filming
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. The full list of these businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in
England , but includes:
- 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
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. We are supporting the NHS to carry out urgent and non-urgent services safely, and it is vital anyone who thinks they need
any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help
- 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