This page will be used to share specific information and the most up-to-date advice and information surrounding the Second Lockdown. It is important in this uncertain time that we follow the advice provided by the Government and Health experts. This advice is likely to change daily based on the evolving situation.
As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to only leave home for specific reasons. From Thursday 5th November, you may only leave your home for the following reasons:
● For education;
● For work, if you cannot work from home;
● For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household or on your own with one person from another household;
● For medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm;
● To shop for food and essentials; and
● To provide care for vulnerable people.
When outside it is important to stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people. When you return home, wash your hands immediately, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.
Further to this:
● There is no exemption for staying away from home on holiday – so people cannot do so in this country or elsewhere.
● Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will all be closed – though click and collect services can continue and essential shops will remain open, so there is no need to stock up. Pubs, bars, restaurants must close except for takeaway and delivery services.
● Workplaces should stay open where people cannot work from home – for example in the construction or manufacturing sectors.
● Single adult households can still form exclusive support bubbles with one other household, and children will still be able to move between homes if their parents are separated.
● If you are clinically vulnerable, or over the age of 60, you should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others. However we are asking those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to minimise their contact with others, and not to go to work if they are unable to work from home.
● The priority remains keeping people in education. Childcare, early years’ settings, schools, colleges and universities will all remain open. Senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be. Parents are urged to continue taking their children to school.
For specific guidance relating to the November 5th Restrictions: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november
For Work and Financial Support: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/worker-support?priority-taxon=774cee22-d…
For Guidance relating to Schools and Childcare: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare?priority-taxon=7…
For Guidance relating to Care Home Visits: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-to-support-safe-care-ho…
For Guidance relating to Students: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-b…
For information regarding local business grants: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies…
For information regarding the new tiers: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/full-list-of-local-restriction-tiers-by-area