New National Restrictions from Thursday 5 November
The Government has announced that England will go into a 4-week lockdown from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. The Government is taking the following action:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Closing certain businesses and venues.
The aim of this 2nd national lockdown is to suppress the rate at which COVID-19 cases are increasing, slow the spread of the virus in our communities and reduce hospitalisations.
Go to gov.uk/coronavirus for information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.
Until 5 November, please continue to follow the local alert level guidance in your area, including washing your hands regularly, wearing face coverings if you can and staying apart from people you do not live with.
Following a decision by Government, Carlisle has moved from medium to high risk on the local COVID-19 alert levels.
Guidance is available on the different tiers here, but a summary of Tier 2 (high) restrictions is as follows:
Local COVID alert level: high
This is for areas with a higher level of infections where some additional restrictions are in place.
This means on top of restrictions in alert level medium:
- You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
- You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law).
- Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law.
- Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am.
- Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.
- Schools, colleges, universities and places of worship remain open.
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
- Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors; these will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport.
- You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.
You should continue to:
- Follow social distancing rules.
- Work from home where you can effectively do so.
- Walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
Find out more about the measures that apply in high alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.