Lancashire has agreed to step into the toughest third stage lockdown after the government received a major bailout, it was revealed today.
The deal came about when Boris Johnson threatened to seize Greater Manchester despite an angry uprising by local leaders and Tory & # 39; Red Wall & # 39; MPs. to force into the top category.
The talks on the details and support package for Lancashire went late overnight and came to a close this morning.
It joins Liverpool as the only area in Tier Three, which means that all bars and pubs that don't serve meals must be closed – as well as a ban on indoor and garden mixing.
Ministers have warned that the government of Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is not being held up by the barrel.
In a vicious attack last night, Burnham said the north was being treated like a "sacrificial lamb" and a "canary in a coal mine" with experimental restrictions, claiming that if London were in the same position, there would be nationwide rainfall.
Mr. Johnson is also facing increasing pressure from his own SAGE experts to trigger a "breaker" pressure across the country across the halfway point. One scientist even suggests that the process may have to be repeated over and over until a vaccine becomes available.
In a round of radio interviews this morning, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab insisted that the government would rather vote with local leaders "if possible".
But he accused Mr Burnham of trying to "keep the government under control" by defying stricter coronavirus restrictions.
"Ultimately we have to take action – we cannot have a situation like we saw in Manchester, where Andy Burnham is effectively trying to keep the government on a barrel of money and politics when we actually have to take action," he told the BBC Breakfast.
"The cases there are 470 per 100,000 so it is very serious and we have to take action in the interests of the people of Manchester and the wider region and if we take these targeted measures in the hardest hit areas … we will get through and." We are avoiding lockdown at national level. & # 39;
Mr Raab urged Mr Burnham to "do what is right for the people of Manchester".
In other major developments today:
- SAGE member Professor Jeremy Farrar said the current basic restriction, which includes a 10pm curfew, is "the worst of all worlds" as it caused economic damage and did not go far enough to quell the virus.
- Another SAGE consultant has suggested that a number of circuit breakers might be required, scheduled around school holidays to help control the outbreak.
- Wales prepares to defy Prime Minister by introducing its own "breaker" lockdown – as an "unenforceable" travel ban on English people from coronavirus hotspots traveling to Wales goes into effect tonight;
- London is on the last day before Tier 2 restrictions go into effect, which means around nine million people will be banned from mixing with other households indoors.
- Mr Raab said he took allegations of a Russian disinformation campaign against the Oxford coronavirus vaccine "very seriously". Pictures, memes and video clips showed vaccination carried out in the UK as dangerous.
Boris Johnson (omitted today) is preparing to put Greater Manchester on the government's tier three list with or without Andy Burnham's approval
Now they want a bunch of breakers: the government adviser says we should close the country at EVERY school break
A number of coronavirus circuit breakers should be deployed during school holidays, a senior government official said last night.
Three weeks ago, the Sage group of scientists advising ministers recommended a brief lockdown to halt the surge in cases of Covid-19 that the government refused to follow.
But yesterday, the senior government adviser spoke out in favor of a "whole series" of circuit breakers planned when schools separate.
The idea aims to disrupt school children as little as possible and allow families to plan ahead – although the cost of temporarily locking down the economy has been estimated at £ 2 billion a day.
The expert, who refused to be named, said, “One of the things we think would be good would be to plan to have a number of them, probably around school holidays, so they don't disrupt education – or maybe a week add to existing holidays.
“Tell people they're coming so everyone can plan for them. And then if you don't need it well, we will cancel it. It seems to us that one of the damages of the lockdown is that they arrived out of the blue.
"Now of course you'd have to make sure that people didn't all have big parties in the week before the circuit was closed."
Mr Burnham replied to Mr Raab on Twitter today: “It's not about what we want for ourselves @DominicRaab.
"It's about what we want for low-wage earners and the self-employed everywhere: fairness."
In a worrying sign for the government, North Tory MPs have teamed up with Mr Burnham to condemn the curb scheme.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Tory Backbench Committee and MP for Altrincham and Sale West, said, "Greater Manchester is not going into a tier three ban."
Tory William Wragg, Hazel Grove MP in Manchester, said health ministers had "achieved the impossible" by uniting local politicians from all parties against the government's plans.
Jake Berry, former minister for the Northern Powerhouse and MP for Rossendale and Darwen, said many people in the area already "do not know or understand the rules" because they are in the "twentieth rulebook."
Pointing out that the Tories now have 80 MPs from the north after winning last year, Mr Berry added: "They are the majority of the Prime Minister and he has to look after us bluntly."
The backlash was fueled yesterday by a conference call between Health Secretary Helen Whately and Greater Manchester MPs, while talks between senior adviser to the Prime Minister Sir Eddie LIster and the city councils did little better.
Ms. Whately and Mr. Edward could not answer how hospitality workers on leave – those worst hit by Tier Three – could access their services. They were also apparently unable to provide MPs and executives with scientific evidence of the transmission of Covid-19.
Labor Shadow Secretary of State and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said: “Despite repeated attempts to claim we are divided, Conservative MPs and Labor Greater Manchester MPs agreed with the minister this morning.
& # 39; We will support evidence-based interventions with appropriate financial support. We will not support this chaos. & # 39;
Placing large parts of the north in the third tier is central to the Prime Minister's plan to avoid national breaker lockdowns by taking action in the areas with the highest infection rates.
On the other side of the argument, former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith, whose constituency is Chingford and Woodford Green directly affected, said that London is "being used to stop the debate on the north-south divide".
He urged ministers to re-examine the decision to put the entire capital in a form of lockdown when there were relatively few cases in many districts.
Downing Street said the prime minister wanted to move forward with "as much consensus as possible" but confirmed ministers had the power to force entire regions to the top level.
Ministers fear, however, that if the Labor side works with the Tory rebels, the government could be defeated in a affirmative vote on the regulations that would be required next month to keep them in force.
Police say Wales' ban on English visitors to COVID hotspots is "unenforceable".
Police chiefs have warned Mark Drakeford's plan to impose a "unenforceable" travel ban on English visitors to Wales from coronavirus hotspots.
The first Welsh minister announced this week that he intended to ban people from areas with high Covid-19 levels unless Boris Johnson imposes UK travel restrictions.
However, the Police Federation of England and Wales said police work in Wales was already overstretched due to the pandemic and the new measures would make policing even more complex.
The proposals sparked angry political backlash when Tory MPs described the move as "stubborn and stupid" as they also accused Mr Drakeford of "guilty of small man syndrome".
Meanwhile, Commons chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg said "putting a border between England and Wales is unconstitutional" and warned it would place the police in an "insidious position".
Mr Drakeford defended his proposals this morning when he said police could use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to intercept visitors from restricted areas of the UK.
He also said vacation providers in Wales should not accept bookings from people in hotspot areas of the UK, as he warned that existing escape plans "can no longer be adhered to".
It came when Nicola Sturgeon endorsed Mr Drakeford's call for statewide travel restrictions to high incidence areas as she would not rule out a Wales-style ban on visitors.
There are also fears that the dispute could undermine public confidence in the measures, even if they are imposed.
Professor Clifford Stott, a government academic adviser, warned that the attitude of Mr. Burnham and others could create confusion about the value of the restrictions.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today program, "When local leaders deny the legitimacy of government action, it creates the conditions that are less likely to be held by people."
However, Professor Stott supported calls from Mr Burnham and others for more financial aid and warned that otherwise some people might not obey the rules.
A growing number of government academic advisors have continued to oppose the Prime Minister's approach.
SAGE member Professor Jeremy Farrar said the current basic restriction, which includes a 10pm curfew, is "the worst of all worlds" as it caused economic damage and did not go far enough to suppress the virus.
The director of the Wellcome Trust told the BBC newscast that a brief hiatus should have been introduced in September and pleaded with ministers to act as soon as possible.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam is believed to have endorsed the breaker plan and advised northern politicians that a nationwide lockdown is the only "safe" strategy to succeed.
Mr Burnham said the "least" he would accept would be a full reinstatement of the vacation program, which pays 80 percent of the wages of people disabled due to the lockdown.
No. 10 said talks with local leaders would continue today. So far, only the Liverpool City region has agreed to move into the third stage.
Overnight there had been widespread instructions that the area, along with Lancashire, would be placed in the toughest third tier category.
The mood changed abruptly, however, after Health Secretary Whately held a conference call with local MPs.
Both Downing Street and the Treasury Department said there would be no advance payment for the new Job Support Scheme, which only pays two-thirds of wages.
No. 10 said the lowest paid would get nearly 90 percent of their normal income because they were eligible for Universal Credit top-ups.
But Mr Burnham said he was ready to take legal action against ministers if they tried to enforce the rules.
The Tory MPs uprising came as the UK recorded 18,980 more coronavirus cases and 138 deaths yesterday.
Health ministry figures show that daily infections rose just eight percent in a week from 17,540 last Thursday. Only 77 deaths were reported last Thursday.
Though rising, the numbers are still a long way from the darkest days of the first wave in spring, when more than 100,000 Britons got the virus every day and at least 1,000 infected patients died every day.
The wise member says the Prime Minister's ranks are "the worst of all worlds" and cause economic damage without controlling the virus
Professor Jeremy Farrar, member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), said the current basic restriction, which includes a 10pm curfew, is "the worst of all worlds" as it caused economic damage, but did not go far enough for the virus suppress.
The director of the Wellcome Trust told the BBC's newscast podcast that a brief “hiatus” should have been introduced in September and pleaded with ministers to “act” as soon as possible.
He added that national restrictions were a better option – and that it was "a very dangerous way" to turn the three-tier system dispute into a north-south or partisan issue.
Professor Farrar also said that countries like South Korea and New Zealand have so far controlled Covid-19 well and have a "national consensus on the way forward".
He added: “I think we have to come together as a country, this fragmentation, and frankly making this either a North-South or a partisan issue, it is a very dangerous path.
“What we don't want now is fragmentation or confusion – one area or one region or one city directed against another. I think that would be very, very detrimental to public health and the country's responsiveness. & # 39;
Speaking at a press conference in Manchester yesterday, Burnham said, “Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City and Lancashire areas are being set up as canaries in the coal mine for an experimental regional lockdown strategy to avoid the cost of what is really needed.
“The least they should offer the people in Greater Manchester who will be affected by these closings is a full and fair 80 percent vacation for all affected workers, 80 percent income support for the self-employed and an adequate compensation scheme for companies. So far they have not been ready to offer this. & # 39;
Mr Burnham's reply resulted in the humiliating withdrawal of Ministers from plans to force a lockdown in Manchester and Lancashire.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock was expected to deliver the tier three news in a Commons statement. Instead, he simply told the House that "discussions are ongoing".
Speaking to reporters last night, Hancock said: "The situation in the Northwest is serious, the number of cases is increasing exponentially, the number of people in hospital with Covid has doubled in the past 12 days.
So I urge local leaders to repeal this party politics and work with us to take the action that is needed in Greater Manchester (and) the North West so that we can deal with this virus and support the people through it. & # 39;
He said now is "a time when people come together so we can control this virus" and "we need to act".
Mr Burnham said chief medical officer Chris Whitty told him that a national lockdown was the only "sure thing" to reduce coronavirus cases.
"But the government told us this morning that it does not want to do this as it will damage the economy," he said.
“And yet they want to force that on the northwest.
"That was our conclusion from meeting number 10 this morning: you are ready to sacrifice jobs and businesses here in order to save them elsewhere."
Earlier, Labor's Lucy Powell, who represents Manchester Central, said politicians were "unanimously angry" when she called Ms. Whately.
"We want action, but it has to be the right one because we've been living in tier two for almost three months and it hasn't worked," she said.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Tory Backbench Committee and MP for Altrincham and Sale West, said after calling Helen Whately (right) yesterday, the case for a tougher lockdown had not been brought up
Backlash at Sadiq Khan over Tier Two Lockdown
Angry hospitality bosses today beat up Sadiq Khan for “cursing” London when they warned that the UK capital's immersion in the second stage lockdown will result in “catastrophic business closings and widespread job losses”.
London is ready for tighter controls from midnight tomorrow after a deal was struck with Mr Khan demanding even more money from the government and calling for a national "breaker".
Residents are prohibited from mingling with other households indoors, including in bars and other venues, while the rule of six is still allowed to socialize outdoors – including pubs and private gardens.
Offices and public transport can remain open, although the government's general advice to work from home whenever possible continues.
Angry hospitality bosses, including restaurateurs, hoteliers and the UK's largest pub trade association, lined up today to warn City Hall that further restrictions on the coronavirus would wreak havoc on the economy.
It has now emerged that British hospitality chief Kate Nicholls has warned the Mayor of London that more draconian measures on Wednesday – a full day before London moves into the second stage – would lead to "mass loss of jobs" in the alone Capital up to 250,000.
In her letter to Mr Khan, he added: "We have entered a new phase of financial peril for our businesses, their employees, the capital's tourist offer and the social and cultural prospects for Londoners."
Wigan's Labor Front Bencher Lisa Nandy said: “Despite repeated attempts to claim we were divided, there was full agreement between Conservative MPs and Labor Greater Manchester when we called the minister this morning.
& # 39; We will support evidence-based interventions with appropriate financial support. We will not support this chaos. & # 39;
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Tory Backbench Committee and MP for Altrincham and Sale West, said the "case was not brought" for a tougher lockdown.
"Members of Parliament, Council Chairs and the Mayor of Greater Manchester are widespread and oppose the proposal to introduce Tier Three."
However, there has been significant movement on the government lockdown scale in shifting areas from Tier 1 to Tier 2.
Half of England will face increased lockdowns from the weekend after nine million Londoners are told they are facing tougher curbs to tackle a surge in coronavirus.
Mr. Johnson reviewed the proposals after they were signed by the Gold Command group, including Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.
In addition to London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow in Furness, York, Northeast Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash are all in the same category.
As of Saturday, residents will be prohibited from mixing with other households indoors, including bars and other venues. Socializing outdoors – also in pubs and private gardens – is still permitted according to the rule of six.
Offices and public transport may remain open, although the government's general advice to work from home wherever possible applies.
In total, nearly 30 million people – about half the population of England – will be in an elevated lockdown.
Mr Khan called for more support for the capital's hospitality industry, which the relocation could cripple. He warned this morning that Londoners are facing a "difficult winter" and reiterated his call for new national "breaker" measures next to the curbs.
The Health Secretary told the Commons he "hated" introducing new measures, but it was the "only way" to save lives. He said the cases were on a steep upward trend in London.
"If we don't quell the virus, we can't go back to our economy," he added.
In grim news, he warned: "It will get worse before it gets better."
The Queen tried to send a reassuring message to the country as she went back to business today without a mask and made her first public engagement outside a royal residence since the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation
40% of cases in teenagers and 20s, says PHE
Almost half of coronavirus infections still occur in people between the ages of teenagers and 20, according to Public Health England.
Those in their late teens and early 20s appear to have fueled the second wave of the epidemic.
Thousands of cases are diagnosed in university students who returned to college in September and notoriously living in cramped dormitories and large households.
Working people over the age of 20 can also be major causes of infection due to their active social life.
There are 245 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people among 10 to 19 year olds in England, according to the PHE. And there are 253 cases per 100,000 in people ages 20 to 29.
Although young people are not at great risk of death if they get Covid-19, they can speed up community outbreaks that spread to the elderly, and they can also suffer from the long-term effects of "long covid".
Dr. Yvonne Doyle, PHE Medical Director, said today, “We are now seeing about 40 percent of positive cases in young adults in their late teens and early twenties, which is causing the disease to spread rapidly across the community and in the elderly spreads.
“And while there are fewer cases in older people, the likelihood that they will get seriously ill is far higher.
“That means we are also seeing a worrying increase in the number of people over the age of 75 being hospitalized. We must be prepared for the rapid increase in deaths as a result.
& # 39; This image is particularly acute in the north of England, with the north-west being the hardest hit area.
“I can't stress enough the importance of everyone following the guidelines to protect you and your loved ones. Wash your hands regularly, use face covering, and keep your distance. & # 39;
Mr Khan has urged the capital to be moved from Tier 1 – which just means normal social distancing rules, the rule of six, and a 10 p.m. pubs curfew – to Tier 2.
However, he has sought more funding to get down the curb and there has been opposition from within the government, local councils and Tory MPs to the treatment of London as a whole, with infection rates varying widely across districts.
Mr Khan said: “Nobody wants to see more restrictions – but this is deemed necessary to protect the lives of Londoners through me, the leaders of the London Council and the Ministers.
"As part of our discussions, I also made it clear to the government that we need more financial support for London's businesses, workers and public services as we face more restrictions – and we will continue to do so."
Ealing has become London's new Covid-19 hotspot.
Government data shows the West London borough diagnosed 144.5 cases per 100,000 residents in the week ending October 9, topping Richmond upon Thames (137.9).
Ealing's moving average number of weekly Covid-19 cases for seven days rose from 132.5 on Wednesday to 144.5 per 100,000 people in the week ending October 9.
Some parts of the district are significantly more affected than others, according to the government dashboard.
For example, the infection rate for South Ealing is currently 293.6, Southall North is 274.3, and Elthorne Park is 295.3.
The government's coronavirus dashboard shows the borough moved from third to top in one day, overtaking Richmond-upon-Thames as well as Hackney and City of London.
Thirteen counties now have infection rates of over 100 per 100,000 people, which is one in 1,000 people who contract the coronavirus each week.
None of the 32 counties had crossed the threshold before this week, according to separate data from Public Health England.
The dramatic move has been criticized by some London Tories.
London Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said: “Sadiq Khan's constant call for more restrictions and more bans is incredibly irresponsible. It's almost like he wants people to pay attention to something other than his terrible record as mayor.
& # 39; I fully support the government's decision to include London in the second stage. It's a sensible move that can help us avoid another lockdown while also keeping Londoners safe.
“To be very clear, the London economy would be hit hard by a second blockade. While keeping all options on the table is correct, we should do everything we can to avoid a second ban. & # 39;
Bromley and Chislehurst MP Sir Bob Neill said the "one-size-fits-all" approach to the capital was a mistake.
The senior conservative told Sky News, "I think it's a mistake. I think it's disproportionate to all of London. & # 39;
Government data for London shows that case rates have increased – although the lack of testing at the previous peak of the outbreak in March and April means the numbers are not comparable. Deaths and hospital stays have also increased in recent weeks
The Liverpool metropolitan area remains the only part of the country with the strictest Tier 3 restrictions after cases have soared
Can I still meet friends in a pub garden? Should I cancel a half-time trip to Cornwall? Your questions were answered as Londoners slipped into Tier 2 lockdown with parts of Essex, Surrey, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Derbyshire
By Mark Duell for MailOnline
Nine million people in London are facing tougher coronavirus restrictions that ban indoor mixing – including pubs – from 0.01 a.m. on Saturday.
And London is not the only area that will be hit by the government's second strictest lockdown at midnight tomorrow.
Residents of Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, Northeast Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash will also receive the new restrictions.
Tier 2 rules include a ban on socializing with friends and family indoors. Weddings are capped at 15 and funerals are capped at 30.
Gyms, shops, schools, universities, and churches will remain open.
You can find out the current alert level in your area with the government zip code checker by clicking here. Note, however, that this can change this weekend.
Here MailOnline is investigating what this will mean for all regions under Tier 2 block from Saturday:
Can I still go to my friends house on Thursday or Friday evening?
Yes. Friday is the last day you can visit a friend's house for the time being, but you need to make sure there are no more than six people gathering – and you leave before midnight.
Can I have my friends from Saturday?
No. People are not allowed to meet with people outside their household or support bubbles indoors, at home or in a public place.
Can I see my friends in a pub or restaurant?
No. You are not allowed to socialize with friends and family in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.
This includes private homes and other indoor spaces such as pubs and restaurants.
Can I meet my friends in a pub garden?
Yes. They can gather in groups of six outside in locations that follow Covid-secured guidance, including pubs, restaurants, shops, leisure and entertainment venues, and places of worship.
At least one person in the group should provide their contact details to the venue or check in using the official NHS Covid-19 app so that NHS Test and Trace can contact you if necessary.
Drinkers outside a pub in Westminster last month. From Saturday you can only have a drink with friends from another household in the pub outside – and not inside
Can i see friends outside?
Yes. You may still see friends and family who you don't live with outdoors (or whom you haven't formed a support bladder with), even in a garden or other outdoor space.
If you do this, you cannot meet in a group of more than six people.
Do children count in the rule of six outdoors?
Yes. This maximum of six for outdoor meetings applies to children of all ages.
Can I still meet people from my support bubble?
Yes. They still count towards a household that can meet indoors or outdoors.
In a support bubble, a household with an adult joins another household.
Households in this support bubble can continue to visit each other, stay overnight and visit public places together.
Informal childcare can also be provided through childcare bubbles (see below).
Is the support bubble affected by a tier change in London?
No. Your support bubble remains in place even though London has moved up a tier so you can continue to function as a household.
Can my friends visit if they are from outside London?
No. Also, if you live in a second tier area, you will not be able to meet indoors with people outside the area unless there are exceptions (see last question below).
Can I stay in a hotel or Airbnb home in London?
Yes. You can still travel to hotels and other guest accommodation in high alert areas, but you should only do this with people in your household or in the support bubble.
You can only live with members of your own household or a support bubble in a private home, which includes self-catering accommodation such as holiday homes, apartments or boats.
You can stay in a hotel or similar accommodation (e.g. a hostel or bed and breakfast) with another household.
However, you should avoid sharing rooms with people you do not live with or otherwise socializing indoors, e.g. B. in each other's rooms, in the reception areas or in restaurants and bars.
Can I still go on vacation outside of London?
Yes, with exceptions. You can still vacation outside of high alert areas, but you can only do this with people in your household or with a support bubble.
Can I still go on vacation to Wales?
Probably not. First Welsh Minister Mark Drakeford is proposing a travel ban on visits to Wales by people living in areas of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with high levels of Covid-19 from Friday.
He said police in Wales could use number plate technology to catch people from UK coronavirus hotspots entering the country illegally.
Can I still vacation in a Tier 3 area like Liverpool?
No. You should avoid traveling to any part of the country that is subject to very high local Covid alert levels.
Can I still move home or see a house in London?
Yes. You can still move home. Real estate and rental companies, as well as moving companies, can also continue to operate, and people who wish to move home can still do viewings.
Do I have to end my current vacation outside London if it is in a different household?
No. At the time of the introduction of the new local restrictions, if you are currently on vacation with another household outside London but are from London and live in a private household and it does not make sense for you to shorten your stay, you should leave your vacation as planned break up.
The government advises that by the end of this vacation "every effort is made to reduce the indoor socializing outside your home and to follow local rules and guidelines".
Can I still use public transport?
Yes, but with restrictions. The government says you could continue to travel to places or facilities that are open for work, volunteer, community service or youth services, or for access to education, but you should "aim to where the number of trips you make." possible to reduce ".
If you need to travel, the government encourages people, if possible, to walk or bike, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and public transport routes. This is a great way to practice social distancing while traveling.
People wearing face masks pass market stalls in Covent Garden in central London today
Do I follow Tier 2 rules when I travel outside of my territory?
Yes. The rules are based on the highest level of a) where you live and b) where you visit.
Therefore, if you live in London, you must obey the London rules everywhere.
However, if you are from a prime area and you are visiting London, then you must adhere to the London rules.
Can I visit my parents in an area outside of London?
Yes. However, you need to follow the rules that apply to where you live so you can meet them outside and make sure there are no more than six people around.
Can I still commute to London if I live in a Tier 1 region outside the capital?
Yes. The government says people can still travel to a high alert area, but "should aim to reduce the number of trips they make if possible".
Are the exceptions to the rule of six for children?
Yes. There are exemptions from statutory assembly restrictions for registered childcare, education or training, and supervised activities for children, including all-round childcare, youth groups and activities, and children's playgroups.
This means you can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including child minders, after-school clubs, and nannies.
Who can offer childcare in private homes and gardens?
Registered childcare facilities, including nannies, people in your support bubble, or people in your childcare bubble.
What is the definition of a child care bubble?
In a childcare bubble, someone in one household offers informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child under the age of 13 in another household.
For a particular childcare bubble, it must always be between the same two households.
Friends or family members who do not live with you and are not part of a support or childcare bubble are not allowed to visit your home to help with childcare.
Child care bubbles may only be used for child care and not to mix different households if this is otherwise not permitted.
Can I meet with a household from a different apartment on the property I live on?
No. The government's definition of a household is a person who lives alone or a group of people (not necessarily related) who live at the same address and share cooking facilities and a living room, sitting room, or dining area.
A household can consist of a single family, more than one family, or no family in the case of a group of unrelated people.
Therefore, people who live in different independent apartments cannot meet.
Can I visit my grandparents in a nursing home?
No, with exceptions. You should only visit a nursing home in exceptional cases, for example to visit someone who is at the end of their life.
Will the stores still be open?
Yes. Non-essential retail stores as well as important stores will remain open to customers.
Will I be fined if I am caught meeting in an illegal group?
Yes. Meetings in larger groups are illegal, although there are certain exceptions (see last question).
The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and imposing fixed fines.
You can be fined £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.
If you hold or are involved in an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can impose a fine of £ 10,000.
Newlyweds Lucy and James Bone after their wedding at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Ingram, Northumberland on July 4th – weddings were allowed again
Can i attend a wedding?
Yes, with restrictions. Up to 15 people can attend weddings or equivalent ceremonies and receptions where the organizer has carried out a risk assessment and "has taken all reasonable steps to limit the risk of transmitting the virus".
However, receptions should be seated meals to ensure people can keep their distance from one another and should not be held in private homes.
Can I attend a funeral?
Yes, with restrictions. Up to 30 people can attend a funeral. Guards and other memorial events are allowed with up to 15 people, but these cannot take place in private apartments.
If food or drink is consumed, it should be in the form of a seated meal.
Anyone working at a wedding, civil ceremony, reception, state of wakefulness, or funeral is generally not counted as part of the limit.
People living in a Tier 1 area outside of London can travel to the capital to attend an event. However, you are not allowed to meet with another household indoors.
Can I still go to church?
Yes. You can still visit places of worship for worship in London. However, you are not allowed to talk to anyone outside your household or the support bubble.
Can I take an indoor exercise course?
Yes, with restrictions. Indoor exercise classes and other activity groups can only continue if households or support bubbles do not mix. Where groups are likely to mingle, these activities should not be continued.
There are exceptions that allow disability and youth sports as well as physical activity indoors in any number.
Can I still do sports outdoors?
Yes. You can practice sports and physical activity outdoors, according to the guidelines of national sports federations.
Can I have another street party?
Yes, but as long as it's outside and there aren't six people around, follow Covid's restrictions.
Can a handyman come into my house?
Yes. A trader can go into a household without breaking the rules when he's there for work.
What if I am Clinically Prone?
The government advises that those aged 70 and over, pregnant women, or those with an underlying health condition can go outside as much as they want, but "should still try to keep your general social interactions down".
Should I share a car with someone outside my household?
No, in most cases. The government says it is difficult to socially distance yourself while driving, and coronavirus transmission may occur in this context.
So, you should avoid traveling with anyone outside of your household or support bubble unless you can practice social distancing.
Does the 10pm curfew still apply to pubs and restaurants?
Yes. Certain businesses that sell food or beverages on their premises are still required to close between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM.
Companies and venues that sell food for consumption off-site can also do so after 10:00 p.m., provided this is done via a delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through. Orders must be placed by phone, online or by post.
A group of women carry their drinks in the Soho borough of London after the 10pm curfew began last month
Are restaurants on motorways still exempt from curfew?
Yes. Restaurants in ports, in the transport service and in motorway service stations do not have to close at 10 p.m., but are not allowed to serve alcohol after this time.
Can I still go to work in the office?
Yes, with exceptions. The government advises that "office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter".
It adds: "If an employer, in consultation with his employee, judges that an employee can perform normal duties from home, he should do so."
Public sector workers in essential services, including educational institutions, should continue to work when necessary.
The government also says that "anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work".
People classified as clinically extremely at risk can go to work as long as the workplace is Covid-safe, but should work from home if possible.
Can I still go to school or college?
Yes. The government has "prioritized to ensure that all children can attend school safely, to promote their wellbeing and education, and to serve working parents and guardians".
Can I still go to university?
Yes. Universities have re-accepted the students and the students are allowed to move home and travel there.
However, those in Tier 2 are not allowed to move between their permanent place of residence and their term address during the term – subject to limited exceptions.
Students who live in a high alert area at their semester address should follow the same guidelines for meeting other people and traveling as others in the area.
Students wear protective face masks on the first day of school at Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster on September 2nd when schools in England reopened to students after the lockdown
Can i commute to London? High alert area to go to university?
Yes. Commuter students – defined as those who live in a family home and travel to / from university every day – should be able to travel to / from their university as needed for educational purposes.
However, you are not allowed to meet people who do not live in their house in the area with them unless they are in your household, childcare facility, or support bubble
Also, you cannot take in people who you do not live in your home with if they live in the affected area unless they are in your childcare or support bubble
You are also not allowed to meet people who you do not live with in their dormitories, either in or out of the area, unless they are in your childcare or support bubble.
If you are moving out of an affected area, or currently live outside an affected area, you should not accept anyone you do not live with in your home or dormitory with if they live in a high alert area unless they are located yourself in your household bubble or child care bubble.
Will Memorial Sunday take place in the cenotaph?
Yes, with restrictions. Remembrance Sunday at the cenotaph is on November 8th but is closed to the public.
Crowds are not allowed to go to church and are asked to mark the day at home. The usual advance of the Royal British Legion has also been canceled.
It is expected that members of the royal family and dignitaries will continue to lay wreaths to remember those who have fallen.
What are the exceptions for people from different households congregating?
- in a legally permitted support bubble or child care bubble
- for work, volunteering, to provide voluntary or community service
- for registered childcare, education or training
- for agreements in which children do not live in the same household as their parents or legal guardians
- for potential adoptive parents to meet a child or children who can be placed with them
- for supervised activities for children, including all-round care (before and after school), youth groups and activities, and children's play groups
- for birth partners
- to see someone dying
- To provide emergency aid, to avoid injury or illness or to avoid the risk of injury
- to fulfill a legal obligation, such as B. participation in a court or jury service
- To provide care or support for vulnerable people
- to facilitate a move
- for top athletes and their coaches, if this is necessary for competition and training, and for parents or guardians if they are a child
- for outdoor exercises and dance classes, organized outdoor sports and licensed outdoor activities
- Indoor organized team sports for disabled people and youth sports
- Self-help groups with up to 15 participants – formally organized groups for mutual help, therapy or other support (not in private apartments)
- Protests – if organized in accordance with Covid Safe guidelines
H.How long Will the rules be in place?
The government must review which areas are regulated at least every 14 days, with the first scheduled by October 28th.
The restrictions themselves must be reviewed every 28 days, with the first scheduled to be in place by November 11th. The restrictions themselves expire in six months.
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