National lockdown restrictions introduced

National lockdown restrictions apply from 5 November until 2 December. After four weeks, the government will look to return to a local and regional approach, based on the latest available data.

See the restrictions and measures in full at

The following is a brief summary of the national lockdown restrictions:

National restrictions

  • You must stay at home.
  • Only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work.
  • You must work from home if you can.
  • Avoid travel unless essential.
  • Schools and essential shops will remain open.
  • Remember: wash hands, cover face, make space.

Businesses and venues

  • Retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.
  • To reduce social contact, the government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include All non-essential retail, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, entertainment venues and personal care facilities.
  • Hospitality venues must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services.


  • Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities where reasonably necessary.
  • Early years settings can remain open.
  • Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.
  • Some Youth Services may be able to continue, such as 1-1 youth work and support groups.

Meeting others

  • You must not meet socially indoors with anyone you do not live with, or is in your support bubble.
  • You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household.
  • You cannot meet in private gardens.
  • Adults living alone will still be able to form exclusive support bubbles.