Everything you need to know about the latest UK National lockdown

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Questions you may have!


How long will it last?

Until mid-February. It will then be subject to a review.


Can I see family and friends?

The mixing of households indoors is not allowed outside of support bubbles. You can meet one other person outside your household for outdoor exercise.


What happens if I break the rules?

Those who break the rules face a £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.


Are schools closing?

Yes. All primary and secondary schools and colleges have to close and switch to online learning, except for the children of key workers and the most vulnerable. Universities must also stay closed. Early years providers, such as nurseries, and special schools can stay open.


Will churches and other places of worship stay open?

Yes, they are allowed to open for individual prayer and communal worship.


Can I go on holiday in the UK or abroad?

No. Only essential travel is allowed.


Will playgrounds stay open?

Unlike the first lockdown, yes.


Can I move home?

Yes, you can still view houses and move home.


Can I let my cleaner or plumber into my house?

Yes, essential visits by tradesmen can continue.


Can I play golf or tennis?

No. Courses and courts must shut.


Is professional sport affected?

No. Elite sports that are Covid-secure and have bubble systems can continue.


Will there be extra financial support?

The furlough scheme will remain in place until April.


Will garden centres be open?



Are restaurants open?

Not for eating inside, but cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can serve takeaway food and non-alcoholic drinks until 11pm.


Will non-essential retailers such as clothes shops be open?

No. But click-and-collect services will be permitted to continue.


What about hairdressers and beauty salons?

No, they are among the non-essential shops that must close.


Can I go to work?

Only if you ‘absolutely cannot’ work from home. This means the construction industry can continue and key workers can continue to go to work.


Can I get married?

Only in exceptional circumstances, for example in cases where people are dying or have debilitating conditions.


I had to ‘shield’ last time – will I have to do this again?

Yes. Those who are clinically vulnerable and who were previously told to shield should stay at home and leave only for medical appointments or exercise. They will receive a letter shortly informing them about this.


What shops are open? 

Food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences are allowed to remain open, along with market stalls selling essential retail.


Can I go to the bank? 

Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses can stay open.


Can I take my pet to the vet?

Vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals can stay open, along with animal rescue centres


What about public facilities? 

Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas, along with outdoor playgrounds, outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise can stay open


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