Rules and guidelines for the Covid-19 lockdown in England beginning January 6th 2021

On the 4th January 2021 HM Government issued rules and guidelines for the latest (and hopefully last) lockdown to control the number of Covid-19 cases. These rules apply to England; Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own rules.

A full (22 page) description of the new rules and guidelines can be found here and is also available in the attachment below.

A brief, non-exhaustive, summary of the new lockdown rules as presented on the BBC website is as follows:

  • People cannot leave their homes except for certain reasons, like the first lockdown last March
  • These include essential medical needs, food shopping, exercise and work for those who cannot do so from home
  • All schools and colleges will close to most pupils from Tuesday with remote learning until February half term
  • Early years settings such as nurseries will stay open
  • End-of-year exams will not take place this summer as normal
  • Elsewhere, university students should not return to campuses and will be taught online
  • Restaurants can continue to offer food delivery, but takeaway alcohol will be banned
  • Outdoor sports venues – such as golf courses, tennis courts and outside gyms – must close
  • But outdoor playgrounds will remain open
  • Amateur team sports are not allowed, but elite sport such as Premier League football can continue