Lockdown guidance

What the lockdown means you can and cannot do

What do the new restrictions involve?

You should not:

  • Visit friends in their home.
  • Meet family members who do not live in your home.

 People must limit going out for these reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities and as infrequently as possible.
  • To take one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle.  This must be alone or with members of your household.
  • To walk your dog(s) as part of the one form of exercise taken a day.
  • To look after any medical need.
  • To provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • To travel to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home. Construction workers can still go to work but must stay two metres apart. Tradespeople, such as plumbers and electricians, can only attend emergencies in people’s homes.
  • To donate blood.

Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of your home and ensuring you are 2m (6.5ft) apart from anyone outside of your household.

Under-18s of separated parents can visit both homes.

Prisons in England and Wales are closed to visitors.

The following will remain open:

  • Supermarkets
  • Food shops
  • Health shops
  • Pharmacies including non-dispensing chemists
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Home and hardware stores
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Car rentals
  • Pet shops
  • Corner shops
  • Newsagents
  • Post offices
  • Banks

The following have been ordered to close

  • Restaurants and cafes (exceptions are where they can offer food delivery and takeaway)
  • Workplace canteens (exceptions are for canteens in hospitals, care homes, schools, prisons and military canteens and services providing food or drink to the homeless)
  • Pubs, bars and nightclubs including bars in hotels and members clubs
  • Hair, beauty and nail salons, piercing, tattoo and massage parlours
  • Auction houses
  • Car showrooms
  • Caravan parks/sites for commercial use (exceptions are for parks where people live permanently or those used by people as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available)
  • Libraries
  • Playgrounds and outdoor gyms
  • All shops selling non-essential goods including clothing and electronic stores
  • Community centres and youth centres
  • All places of worship (exceptions are they can remain open for “solitary prayer”)
  • Funerals with social distancing
  • Cinemas, museums and galleries and bingo halls
  • Casinos and betting shops
  • Spas, gyms, swimming pools, playgrounds and skating rinks
  • Enclosed spaces in parks including tennis courts and pitches for football, bowling and outdoor gyms.