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Local restrictions and government guidance

With immediate effect  we are no under national lockdown: Stay at Home

You must stay at home.

The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

Hands. Face.  Space

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where socialdistancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contactwith people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live withwhere possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (suchas wearing face coverings)
  • Stay at home

    5 January 2021

    You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse'. This will be put in law.

    The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse', and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).

    You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence,doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

    A ‘reasonable excuse' includes:

    • Work - you can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home, including but not limited to people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance
    • Volunteering - you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services
    • Essential activities - you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating
    • Education and childcare - You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children where they are eligible to attend. Access to education and children's activities for school-aged pupils is restricted. See further information on education and childcare . People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles
    • Meeting others and care - You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one), to provide informal childcare for children under 14 as part of a childcare bubble (for example, to enable parents to work, and not to enable social contact between adults), to provide care for disabled or vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance, to attend a support group (of up to 15 people), or for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a person with a disability, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child
    • Exercise You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble . This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area . You should maintain social distancing . See exercising and meeting other people
    • Medical reasons - You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies
    • Harm and compassionate visits - you can leave home to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse). You can also leave home to visit someone who is dying or someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance ), hospice, or hospital, or to
      accompany them to a medical appointment
    • Animal welfare reasons – you can leave home for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment
    • Communal worship and life events - You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to
      someone's death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances
  • Businesses and venues

    Businesses and venues which must close

    To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods

    and services. The full list of businesses required to close can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

    • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
    • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery
    • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone's main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
    • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts,fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses
    • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
    • Animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)
    • Indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
    • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people's homes
    • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services

    Some of these businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities. A full list of exemptions can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

    • Education and training – for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision
    • Childcare purposes and supervised activities for those children eligible to attend
    • Hosting blood donation sessions and food banks
    • To provide medical treatment
    • For elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
    • For training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
    • For the purposes of film and TV filming

    Businesses and venues which can remain open

    Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines. Businesses providing essential goods and services can stay open. The full list of these businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in

    England, but includes:

    • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
    • Market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
    • Businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
    • Petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
    • Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
    • Funeral directors
    • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
    • Medical and dental services
    • Vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
    • Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
    • Agricultural supplies shops
    • Mobility and disability support shops
    • Storage and distribution facilities
    • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
    • Outdoor playgrounds
    • Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
    • Places of worship
    • Crematoriums and burial grounds
  • Travelling

    You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes).

    If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall. The list of reasons you can leave your home and area include, but are not limited to:

    • Work, where you cannot reasonably work from home
    • Accessing education and for caring responsibilities
    • Visiting those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
    • Visiting hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
    • Buying goods or services that you need, but this should be within your local area wherever possible
    • Outdoor exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)
    • Attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services

    If you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.

    Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble. See the guidance on car sharing.

    If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance.

    International travel

    You can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.

    If you do need to travel overseas (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you've visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.

    UK residents currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.

    Foreign nationals are subject to the ‘Stay at Home' regulations. You should not travel abroad unless it is permitted. This means you must not go on holiday.

    If you are visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.

    Staying away from home overnight

    You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.

    This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if that is not your primary residence. This also includes staying with anyone who you don't live with unless they're in your support bubble.

    You are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you:

    • Are visiting your support bubble
    • Are unable to return to your main residence
    • Need accommodation while moving house
    • Need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event
    • Require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services
    • Are a child requiring accommodation for school or care
    • Are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse)
    • Are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition

    If you are already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical.

    Guest accommodation providers such as hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for the specific reasons set out in law, including where guests are unable to return to their main residence, use that guest accommodation as their main residence, need accommodation while moving house, are self-isolating as required by law, or would otherwise be made homeless as a result of the accommodation closing. A full list of reasons can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England.

    Accommodation providers are also encouraged to work cooperatively with local authorities to provide accommodation to vulnerable groups, including the homeless.

  • Exercising and meeting other people

    You should minimise time spent outside your home.

    It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

    You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

    • By yourself
    • With the people you live with
    • With your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
    • In a childcare bubble where providing childcare
    • Or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

    Public outdoor places include:

    • Parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
    • Public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
    • The grounds of a heritage site
    • Playgrounds

    Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

    When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

    You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.

  • Going to work

    You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home.

    Where people cannot work from home - including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing - they should continue to travel to their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers.

    Public sector employees working in essential services, including childcare or education, should continue to go into work.

    Where it is necessary for you to work in other people's homes - for example, for nannies, cleaners or tradespeople - you can do so.

    Otherwise, you should avoid meeting for work in a private home or garden, where COVID-19 Secure measures may not be in place.

    Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.

    The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secureguidelines are followed closely. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.

  • Support and childcare bubbles

    You have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a support or childcare bubble. This means not everyone will be able to form a bubble.

    A support bubble is a support network which links two households. You can form a support bubble with another household of any size only if you meet the eligibility rules.

    It is against the law to form a support bubble if you do not follow these rules.

    You are permitted to leave your home to visit your support bubble (and to stay overnight with them). However, if you form a support bubble, it is best if this is with a household who live locally. This will help prevent the virus spreading from an area where more people are infected.

    If you live in a household with anyone aged under 14, you can form a

    childcare bubble. This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare.

    You must not meet socially with your childcare bubble, and must avoid seeing members of your childcare and support bubbles at the same time.

    There is separate guidance for support bubbles and childcare bubbles

  • Going to school, college or university

    Colleges, primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers only. All other children will learn remotely until February half-term.

    More information on children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

    In the circumstances, the government do not think it is possible for all exams in the summer to go ahead as planned. They will be working with Ofqual to consult rapidly to put in place alternative arrangements that will allow students to progress fairly.

    Universities

    Those students who are undertaking training and study for the following courses should return to face to face learning as planned and be tested twice, upon arrival or self-isolate for ten days:

    • Medicine and dentistry
    • Subjects allied to medicine/health
    • Veterinary science
    • Education (initial teacher training)
    • Social work
    • Courses which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and or mandatory activity which is scheduled for January and which cannot be rescheduled (your university will notify you if this applies to you).

    Students who do not study these courses should remain where they are wherever possible, and start their term online, as facilitated by their university until at least Mid-February. This includes students on other practical courses not on the list above.

    We have previously published guidance to universities and students onhow students can return safely to higher education in the spring term.

    This guidance sets out how we will support higher education providers to enable students that need to return to do so as safely as possible following the winter break.

    If you live at university, you should not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time.

    For those students who are eligible for face to face teaching, you can meet in groups of more than your household as part of your formal education or training, where necessary. Students should expect to follow the guidance and restrictions. You should socially distance from anyone you do not live with wherever possible.

  • Care home visiting

    Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed to take place across England during the coronavirus lockdown. This includes designated visitors where use of lateral flow testing has until now enabled close contact visits.

    Visits can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. Many care homes have already implemented such arrangements to facilitate safe visits which can continue.

    Some close contact visits are permitted in exceptional circumstances such as end of life visits, as per current arrangements with all appropriate infection prevention measures in place.

    No visits are permitted in the event of an outbreak (except in exceptional circumstances such as end of life).

    Local guidance

    • Our local guidance is to have at least 2 negative tests, within 5 or less than 5 days interval between them, and the most recent test being on the day of visit
    • If the PPE is inadequate or fails due to poor compliance, supervision, training, support of the visitor there is a risk of transmission and serious complications.
    • Visitors should be supported to ensure that the appropriate PPE is always worn and used correctly, and they follow good hand hygiene. They should follow the guidance on how to work safely in domiciliary care in Englandto identify the PPE required for their visiting situation (e.g. disposable gloves / apron / type IIR mask). Care homes are being provided with PPE to meet these requirement
    • Visitors should be reminded and provided facilities to wash their hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the home, and to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues and clean their hands after disposal of the tissues
    • Visitors should have no contact with other residents and minimal contact with care home staff (less than 15 minutes/2 metres). Where needed, conversations with staff can be arranged over the phone following an in-person visit
    • All visitors should be asked if they have symptoms of acute respiratory infection before entering:
      • Cough
      • Difficulty in breathing
      • And/or high temperature
    • No one who is currently experiencing, or first experienced, coronavirus symptoms in the last 10 days, should be allowed to enter the premises, nor anyone who is a household contact of a case or who has been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or who is in a relevant quarantine period following return from travel
    • Visitor numbers should be limited to a maximum of 2 constant visitors wherever possible. This, for example, means the same family member visiting each time to limit the number of different individuals coming into contact
    • Care home managers have discretion to set up their own testing areas and ensure there is enough space to allow visitors to maintain social distancing before, during and after the test, including a waiting area and a one-way system
    • Care home managers should communicate to visitors the purpose of testing – that it does not completely remove the risk of infection in relation to visiting. It is important that care homes are clear to visitors about the expectations placed upon visitors participating in tested visiting (i.e., in respect of PPE use, social distancing, hand hygiene, any physical contact, actions in the event of a positive test)
    • These expectations include the requirement for a visitor who tests positive to immediately self-isolate and complete a confirmatory PCR test which they should be accessing through the national booking system online. If the confirmatory PCR comes back positive, their household must also self-isolate and contacts may also need to self-isolate in line with current government guidance. Care homes should obtain consent from visitors prior to participating in testing
    • In the event of an outbreak in a care home, the home should immediately stop visiting (except in exceptional circumstances such as end of life) to protect vulnerable residents, staff and visitors. There may be local policy and outbreak management arrangements, which will be important to follow. These restrictions should continue until the outbreak is confirmed as over. During the recovery phase (days 14 – 28) of the outbreak the home should do a risk assessment to assess their ability to manage safe visiting using visiting pods and/or PPE. At that point visiting may resume with the usual infection prevention and control measures and any enhancements required due to any risks identified following the recent outbreak.
  • Shielding for clinically extremely vulnerable people - Subject to change

    The government has issued new guidance to people in Tier 4 areas that are clinically or extremely vulnerable. You are strongly advised to follow these extra precautionary shielding measures to help keep yourself safe.

    Advice summary


    You should stay at home as much as possible but are encouraged to go outdoors carefully to exercise or to attend health appointments.

    You are strongly advised to work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home, then you should not attend work. You may be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough).

    This advice will applies to our area until 1 February 2021, even if we are area is placed in a different tier before then.


    Please make sure your GP has your most up to date contact details, including your home address and, if possible, a personal email address, so that we can contact you quickly in the event that guidance changes in the future.

    If you need any additional support to help you follow the guidance, your local council may be able to help. You can contact your council and register for support at the Shielding Support


    Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people

    The current knowledge suggests that very few children are at highest risk of severe illness due to the virus.

    Doctors have therefore been reviewing all children and young people who were initially identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to confirm whether they are still thought to be at highest risk.


    You will hear from you GP is your child falls into this category. If you have not yet heard from your child's hospital doctor or GP to discuss this, please contact whoever usually provides care for your child to check whether they should still be considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

    If you have already discussed this with your child's doctors and they have confirmed your child is still considered highest risk, your child should follow this advice.

    Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people


    This guidance is for clinically extremely vulnerable people in Tier 4 areas in England. The full guidance can be found online at gov.uk/coronavirus. This is additional guidance specifically for clinically extremely vulnerable people, to help you protect yourself from the virus by following these shielding measures. This guidance applies to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals only. Others living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable are not advised to follow this guidance.

    Socialising

    The new advice at Tier 4, which applies to everyone in those areas, means that you should stay at home as much as possible, except for limited purposes which are set out in that guidance.

    We are advising clinically extremely vulnerable people in these Tier 4 areas to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors carefully for exercise or to attend health appointments. You cannot meet indoors with friends and family you do not live with unless they are part of your support bubble.

    This is part of the wider regulations in place in your area.

    Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household. Try to stay 2 metres away from other people within your household, especially if they display symptoms of the virus or have been advised to self-isolate.

    Try to keep all contact with others to a minimum and avoid busy areas.

    Whenever you go out continue to maintain strict social distancing, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

    Work

    You are strongly advised to work from home if you can.

    If you cannot work from home, then you should not attend work for this period of restrictions. If you cannot work from home, your employer may be able to furlough you under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has been extended until the end of April


    2021. You should have a conversation with your employer about whether this is possible. If you cannot work from home or cannot be furloughed, you may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC).

    You should receive a letter from the Departnent of Health and Social Care as evidence for your employer and or the Department of Work and Pensions that you are advised to shield and may be eligible for SSP, ESA or UC. Other eligibility criteria will apply.

    Other people you live with who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves can still attend work if they cannot work from home, in line with Tier 4 rules in your area.

    Education settings

    Our current evidence shows that there is a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from COVID-19, even for children with existing health conditions.

    Most children originally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable no longer need to follow this advice. Speak to your GP or specialist clinician if you have not already done so, to understand whether your child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

    Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school whilst this advice is in place.

    Adult students considered clinically extremely vulnerable should also not attend school or college. Your school will make appropriate arrangements for you to be able to continue your education at home.

    People who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school.

    Travel

    You should avoid all non-essential travel by private or public transport, this includes not travelling to work, school or the shops.

    You should still ensure you have regular follow up and treatment for your health conditions. If remote consultations are unavailable or insufficient, travel to hospital and GP appointments unless told otherwise by your doctor, but you may wish to check how to do this as safely as possible:

    If you need help to travel to an appointment, you can speak to your health care professional to arrange transport support. They may be able to arrange this with NHS Volunteer Responders.

    Shopping

    You are advised not to go to the shops. Use online shopping if you can, or ask others to collect and deliver shopping for you (friends and family, local volunteers
    coordinated by charities and local councils or NHS Volunteer Responders).

    If you already have a priority delivery slot with a supermarket that will continue, you do not need to do anything further.

    Our Corona Kindness scheme has information on shops that delivery service and offers other help and assistanace

    Medicines

    You are advised not to go to a pharmacy. You are encouraged in the first instance to ask a friend, family member, carer or a volunteer (for example one of the NHS Volunteer Responders) to collect your medicines for you.

    If none of these are available, then you will be eligible for free medicines delivery.

    Please contact your pharmacy to inform them that you are clinically extremely vulnerable and need your medicines delivered, and they will arrange this free of charge.

    Accessing care and support

    It is important that you continue to receive the care and support you need to help you stay safe and well.

    We urge you to continue to seek support from the NHS and other health providers for your existing health conditions and any new health concerns.

    You can access a range of NHS services from home, including ordering repeat prescriptions or contacting your health professional through an online consultation.

    Find out more, or download the NHS App. If you have an urgent medical need, call NHS 111 or, for a medical emergency, dial 999. If you do need to receive care in person, you can. Your local NHS services are well prepared and will put in measures to keep you safe.

    If you need to have a test for COVID-19 then you are able to attend a test site. You may want to think about attending at a quieter time or asking for a home test to be sent to you, in order to reduce your contacts with other people.

    It is important that you have your test. More information about getting a COVID-19 test.

    It is also really important to look after your mental health. Go to the Every Mind Matters website for advice and practical steps that you can take to support your wellbeing and manage your mental health during this pandemic. If you or someone you care for are experiencing a mental health crisis, we urge you to make contact with a local health professional immediately. Any carers or visitors who support you with your everyday needs or those of a child or young person in your care can continue to visit. They should follow social distancing guidance where close or personal contact is not required.

    Our Corona Kindness scheme is available with help and advice.

  • Childcare

    There are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare:

    • Early Years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open
    • Vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)
    • parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14. This is mainly to enable parents to work, and must not be used to enable social contact between adults
    • some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble
    • nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home
  • Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

    Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals are allowed with strict limits on attendance, and must only take place in COVID-19 secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances.

    Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

    Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included. These should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

    Places of worship

    You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times.

    You should follow the national guidance on the safe use of places of worship.

  • Public services

    The majority of public services will continue and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include:

    • The NHS and medical services like GPs and dentists. We are supporting the NHS to carry out urgent and non-urgent services safely, and it is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help
    • Jobcentre Plus sites
    • Courts and probation services
    • Civil registrations offices
    • Passport and visa services
    • Services provided to victims
    • Waste or recycling centres
    • Getting an MOT, if you need to drive when lawfully leaving home
  • Report businesses not complying with regulations

    If you have concerns about a business in Blackpool not following government guidance, please tell us.

    We can only respond to concerns made about businesses in Blackpool. Reports of businesses not in Blackpool will not be processed or passed on.
    Once a concern has been submitted, we will carry out the necessary checks to ensure that the business is compliant. If you have given us your contact details, we may contact you for more information.

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