Borough Insight

National Lockdown: Stay at Home

Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save LivesOn Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives, for details see: 

The new strain of coronavirus is spreading fast. We all need to play our part to stop the spread. 

Stay At Home

  • Only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise or work
  • Work from home unless you are unable to do so
  • Do not travel unless necessary
  • Essential shops will remain open
  • Schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Leaving HomeStay At Home National Lockdown guidance poster
You must not leave, or be outside of your home or garden, except for a very limited set of exemptions e.g. to shop for basic necessities, exercise, go to work if you cannot do so from home, or to escape risk of harm.

Meeting Others
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone, except with your household or support bubble (if eligible to form one). Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

You may exercise on your own, with your household or support bubble, or with one person from another household (when on your own). Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

Bars, Pubs and Restaurants
Hospitality closed aside from sales by takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery. Alcohol cannot be purchased through takeaway or click-and-collect from hospitality venues.

Essential shops can open. Non-essential retail must close and can only run click-and-collect and delivery.

Work and Business
Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so.

Early years settings open. Primary and secondary schools and colleges move to remote provision except for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. Most university students to move to remote learning.

Leisure and Sporting Facilities
Closed, with limited exceptions.

Closed, with limited exceptions.

Personal Care


Overnight Stays
You must not stay overnight away from home. Limited exceptions apply e.g. to stay with your support bubble.

Weddings and Funerals
Funerals of up to 30 people permitted. Weddings up to 6 people permitted in exceptional circumstances. Wakes and other linked ceremonial events of up to 6 permitted.

Places of Worship
Places of worship can remain open and communal worship is permitted, but you must not mix with those outside your household or support bubble.

You must stay at home. If you do leave home for a very limited set of exemptions, you should stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live where possible. Do not travel abroad unless an exemption applies.

Clinically extremely vulnerable
Shielding reintroduced across England. You should not travel to work, school, college or university and should limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.

Care Home Visits
Visits can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed. No visits will be permitted in the event of an outbreak but end of life visits are permitted in all circumstances.

For the latest guidance and exemptions during the national lockdown in England see: 


Your comments (1 comment)

  • Colin DavisJanuary 08, 2021

    you say in the article "You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone, except with your household or support bubble (if eligible to form one)." I think it would be very useful if you followed up that statement with the definition of a "support bubble" as I can't find one in the article - and I am unsure therefore whether I can form one or be part of one. Can you advise please?

    We have published this information previously and it was a mistake not to do so again, sorry.
    Full details can be found here

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