National lockdown (5 November - 2 December)

Here are a few of the key rules for the national lockdown, which runs from 5 November to 2 December.

  • You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
  • You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with people from your household or support bubble, or one person from another household.
  • Work from home wherever possible. If you can’t you should continue to travel to work/attend your workplace.
  • Certain businesses and venues will be ordered to close, including all non-essential retail, hospitality venues, indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, entertainment venues and personal care facilities. Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can stay open
  • Schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
  • Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities where possible to enable parents to work, or for respite care.
  • Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, but weddings will not be allowed.

See more on the new restrictions on the website

Face coverings

People over the age of 10 must wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and in other indoor spaces like museums, cinemas and places of worship.

Customers in hospitality venues, including pubs, bars and restaurants, must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings.

Exceptions include:

  • physical or mental illness, impairment or disability which prevents you wearing a face covering
  • taking medicine, eating and drinking when necessary
  • lip reading
  • travelling to escape harm
  • if you are asked to remove your face covering by someone in authority

Reporting a violation of the rules

Please make sure you understand what is and is not allowed before you get in touch with us. We particularly want you to tell us about large gatherings of people obviously from different households.

You can tell us about a breach of the coronavirus rules online.

More on what you can and cannot do on GOV.UK