Coronavirus (COVID-19) national lockdown restrictions

There is currently a national lockdown in place in England due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This means there are restrictions in place for what you can and cannot do.

  • You must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.

  • You must not leave or be outside of your home unless necessary.

  • You must stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble.

Leaving home

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person; this should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your local area
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you're legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

More information

  • If you're clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.
  • Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings can remain open.
  • Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

Meeting others

  • You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
  • You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
  • You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

Full national lockdown guidance

You can read the full national lockdown guidance on GOV.UK. This includes information about: