Students and principals today called for immediate clarification on whether the GCSE and A-Level exams will be canceled this summer after Boris Johnson bowed to the inevitable and closed all schools through February 22nd.
The decision to close schools in England on the day many reopened after the festive break enraged school principals and unions, who attacked government policies as "insane".
Today there is more confusion about how 11th and 13th graders will be assessed this year – including whether or not the exams will definitely be abandoned – and Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman tells ministers to make an immediate decision .
One option on the table is to hold exams only for “core subjects” like math and English, with all other exams being graded based on coursework, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Last year Ofqual considered having several student exams, with a third one on one day, a third the next, and the final third after that. According to the plan, they would all take different exams to prevent fraud, but all assessed in the same way by the same standards.
But Dr. Mary Bousted, joint secretary general of the National Education Union, claims School Secretary Nick Gibb called her last night and admitted that for the second year running, there would be no GCSE or A-level exams at all. But BTECs seem to be making headway this week.
A family in Knutsford, Cheshire watches Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliver a televised address to the nation from 10 Downing Street as he closes all schools through February 22nd
Timeline: Boris Johnson's Path to Lockdown 3
Boris Johnson rules out a two week breaker after calling Labor.
The Prime Minister announces a four-week lockdown from November 5th.
The national lockdown ends, but a new tier system will be introduced, with London and the Southeast in Tier 2 and areas to the north in Tier 3.
London and Essex move to Tier 3 when Matt Hancock reveals a new mutant strain of Covid has been found.
Boris Johnson ruled out further Christmas restrictions, saying, "I want to make it clear we don't want to ban Christmas."
Gavin Williamson threatens councils to close schools with legal action, forcing Greenwich schools to reopen after a day
The government is announcing a new Tier 4 – and banning mixing at Christmas for much of the country
SAGE scientists recommend closing schools to avoid the & # 39; R & # 39; to hold or below 1
Gavin Williams convinces Boris Johnson not to close elementary schools and to open them on time on January 4th
But secondaries are later closed until January 18th
January 3, 2021
Boris Johnson says parents in England should send elementary school children to school saying they are safe. This is very, very important to emphasize and the risk to children, adolescents and staff is very small. "
Boris Johnson announces a national lockdown and closes all schools because they could act as "vectors for transmission".
Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and University Directors, said: "We are relieved that the government has finally bowed to the inevitable and has agreed to move schools and colleges to distance learning in response to alarming Covid infection rates.
& # 39; (But) it's very frustrating that at the end of last semester it made legal threats to schools to prevent them from switching to distance learning and then made a series of chaotic announcements about the start of this semester.
"Everyone understands that this is a fast-moving situation, but ministers need to stop boxing themselves in a corner by being so dogmatic about their plans, even as those plans are clearly dissolving."
Families are facing just a day before another period of disruption and distance learning in a messy new term where hundreds of primaries couldn't be opened due to staff strikes.
Boris Johnson said in his televised address to the nation, "Elementary schools, secondary schools and colleges must move to remote access starting tomorrow, with the exception of vulnerable children and children of key workers."
He hoped schools could reopen after halftime in February. Keeping schools open to children of key workers and in vulnerable situations reflects previous bans.
The kindergartens will also remain open and free meals will continue to be distributed.
Since exams are not considered feasible, the Department of Education is advising how children can get fair grades without introducing another disastrous algorithm.
Headmasters expressed their despair at the futile effort to prepare for a single day of classroom study. Katharine Birbalsingh of Michaela Community School in Wembley, north London, said the sudden hacking and changing was "insane."
She emphasized: “Today I had my employees training on how to manage the Covid tests.
& # 39; We changed our training plans last week to follow new government guidelines. Now are we suddenly delivering online learning tomorrow? This is insane. & # 39;
David Shakeshaft of Firs Primary School in Birmingham said he had to "undo all the work I had to do yesterday and today" before it reopens. He wrote online: "Absolutely incomprehensible that I was placed in this position." The government's drive to get elementary school children back to school has been in tatters since Sunday night when it became clear that hundreds of school principals were unable or unwilling to reopen.
Pressure had increased since the release of documents last week showing government scientific advisors warned before Christmas that schools would have to be closed to lower the R-rate of Covid infection.
Last night, Mr Johnson admitted schools could act as "vectors of transmission" – hours after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced similar closings for Scotland.
He said, "We have done everything in our power to keep schools open because we know how important every day in education is for children's life chances."
Naomi Carpenter, a 20-year-old sports rehab student at Hull University, is taking a swab for a side-flow Covid-19 test at campus sports facilities as students return to university. She has to go home now
Ministers had already grown union angry over the government's chaotic plans to reopen schools in January
University students also face another prolonged study spurt in their bedrooms rather than classrooms, so the demand for tuition fees and reimbursements for accommodation is likely to increase. With certain exceptions for courses such as medicine, students have already been told to "stay away" until January 25th at the earliest, but the campus ban will now continue into the next month.
The summer school exams cancellation will align England with Wales and Scotland, both of which decided to abandon the idea long before the current crisis.
Mr Johnson said it was "not possible or fair for all exams to go ahead as usual this summer".
The Mail anticipates Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will now turn his attention to ensuring schools offer quality online classes and introducing the free laptop program.
Robert Halfon, chairman of the Commons Education Committee, said the government had no choice but to cancel exams.
Labor Head Boy Wes Streeting, however, said the cancellation will "create additional worry for students and teachers" as the government does not have a "Plan B".
Former Tory Education Secretary Lord Baker told the Mail it was "important" that all school staff be vaccinated and testing plans strengthened at the school during the closure.
In a rare positive case, around 130,000 students taking vocational exams this month will be able to continue taking the papers.
Just last week, Mr Williamson told the Commons that the "overwhelming majority" of the primaries would open their doors on Monday. He told MPs, "Children have to be in school, so we will always do everything we can to withstand jerky reactions to nearby schools or colleges."
But the National Education Union had predicted a "snowball effect" of the teacher rebellion, saying yesterday that employees in 6,000 primaries – around 35 percent – had refused to work. Former Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was one of the first MPs to break the pro-school consensus yesterday by saying it should close "immediately."
Miss Sturgeon ordered Scottish schools to remain closed at least until early February.
The Welsh government has also announced that it will switch to online learning by at least January 18th.
Mary Bousted of the National Education Union said, "This is a crisis point for the nation and much of what has brought us here should not simply be attributed to new strains of the virus."
She insisted: “The government had eight months to prepare for another phase of distance learning and alternatives to exam assessment at GCSE and A levels. But it didn't use that time wisely or well. & # 39;
What you can and can't do during national lockdown: Government guidelines in full
You have to stay home. The most important action we can all take is to stay home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should follow these instructions immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.
You are not allowed to walk or be outside your home unless you have to. You can leave the house to:
- Buy for basic needs, for you or a vulnerable person
- Go to work, or do volunteer or community service when you cannot adequately do so from your home
- If you are exercising with your household (or support bladder) or someone else, it should be limited to once a day and you shouldn't travel outside of your area.
- Hit your support or childcare bubble if necessary, but only if you are legally entitled to create one
- Seek medical attention or avoid injury, illness, or the risk of harm (including domestic violence).
- attend training or childcare – for those entitled
Universities, elementary and secondary schools will only remain open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers. All other children study until the half year of February. The settings for the first few years remain open.
The university offering will remain online until mid-February for all but future courses for critical workers.
If you leave home for a valid reason, you should always stay in the village, town, or part of the town where you live. You can leave your region for any reason permitted by law; B. because of work.
If you are at extreme clinical risk, only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or when it is important to go out. You shouldn't take part in work
You can't leave home to socialize with someone who you don't live with or who you're not in a support bubble with (unless you are legally allowed to form one).
You can exercise alone, with someone else, or with your household or your support bladder.
You shouldn't meet anyone else you don't live with or with whom you've formed a support bubble unless there is a valid reason why you can.
Stay 2 meters away from people who are not in your household.
Detailed instructions on national blocking
Who this guide is for
These instructions are aimed at people who are fit and healthy. There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely susceptible to coronavirus and for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. If you are at extreme clinical risk, avoid going to work, school, college, or university and limiting the amount of time you spend outside the home. You should only go out on medical appointments, exercise, or when it is important.
Hands. Face. Room.
About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms and could spread it without realizing it.
Remember – 'hands. Face. Space. & # 39;
- Hands – Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
- Face – Wear face covering indoors where social distancing can be difficult and you will come into contact with people you would not normally meet
- Space – If possible, stay 2 meters away from people you do not live with, or 1 meter if additional precautions have been taken (such as wearing face coverings).
At all costs, follow the directions to meet others safely.
If you can leave the house
You must not leave your home or be outside your home unless you have a "reasonable excuse". This is regulated by law. The police can take action against you if you leave the house without a “reasonable apology” and impose a fine (permanent complaint).
You can get a fixed penalty of £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.
A "reasonable apology" includes:
- Work – You may only leave home for work if it is inappropriate for you to do your work from home, including but not limited to those who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing, and require personal presence
- Volunteering – You can also leave home to do volunteer or community service.
- Essential Activities – You can leave home to buy things in stores or get services. You can also leave home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person, or someone who is self-isolating.
- Education and Childcare – You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children that you are eligible to attend. Access to education and activities for school-age children is limited. You can find more information on education and childcare here. People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children in whom they are separated. This includes childcare bubbles.
- Meeting with Others and Care – You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally allowed to form one), to informally care for children under the age of 14 under a child care bubble (e.g. to To enable parents to work and not allow social contact between adults), to look after disabled or vulnerable people, to provide emergency aid, to participate in a self-help group (with up to 15 people) or to take a care break if this care is for a vulnerable person or a person with a disability or is taking a short break in relation to a cared child.
- Exercise – You can continue to exercise alone, with someone else, or with your household or support bladder. This should be limited to once per day and you shouldn't travel outside of your area. You should keep social distance. See train and meet other people.
- Medical Reasons – You can leave your home for medical reasons, including a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.
- Harm and Compassionate Visits – You can leave the house to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness, or to avoid the risk of harm (such as domestic violence). You can also leave the house to visit someone who is dying, someone in a nursing home (if this is permitted under the guidance of the nursing home), a hospice or hospital, or to accompany them to a doctor's appointment.
- Animal welfare reasons – You can leave your home for animal welfare reasons, e.g. B. To contact a veterinary service for advice or treatment.
- Communal Worship and Life Events – You can leave your home to attend or attend a place of worship for communal worship, funeral or event related to a death, burial site or memorial garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow instructions on how to use places of worship safely and should not mix with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when visiting a place of worship. Weddings, funerals, and religious, belief-based, or memorial services associated with the death of an individual are all subject to attendance restrictions, and weddings and civil ceremonies are exceptional.
There are other reasonable excuses. For example, you may leave your home to comply with legal obligations or to engage in activities related to buying, selling, renting or renting residential property, or when it is reasonable to vote in an election or referendum.
Train and meet other people
You should minimize the amount of time you spend outside your home.
It is against the law to socialize with family or friends unless they are part of your household or your support bubble. You can only leave your home to play sports and not for recreation or recreation (e.g. a picnic or social gathering). This should be limited to once per day and you shouldn't travel outside of your area.
You can exercise in a public place outdoors:
- of yourself
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble (if you are legally entitled to create one)
- in a childcare bubble where childcare is offered
- or, if you are alone, with 1 person from another household
- Public outdoor spaces are:
- Parks, beaches, publicly accessible landscape, forests
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter)
- the site of a cultural heritage
Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses, and swimming pools, must be closed.
When around other people, stay 2 meters away from people outside your household – that is, the people you live with – or your support bubble. If this is not possible, maintain a distance of 1 meter with additional precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).
They have to be used in many indoor spaces, e.g. For example, wear face-covering in shops or places of worship that remain open and on public transport unless you are exempt. That's the law. Read the instructions for face coverings.
Support and child care bubbles
You must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to create a support or childcare bubble. This means that not everyone can form a bubble.
A support bubble is a support network that connects two households. You can only form a support bubble with another household of any size if you meet the eligibility requirements.
It is against the law to create a support bubble if you don't follow these rules.
You're allowed to leave home to visit (and stay with) your support bubble. However, if you are creating a support bubble, it is best if it happens with a household that lives locally. This will prevent the virus from spreading to an area where more people are infected.
If you live in a household with anyone under the age of 14, you can create a childcare bubble. This allows friends or family members from another household to offer informal childcare.
You are not allowed to socialize with your child care bubble and are allowed to avoid seeing members of your child care and support bubbles at the same time.
There are separate instructions for support bladders and childcare bladders.
Where and when you can meet in larger groups
There are still circumstances in which you can meet other people outside of your household, childcare or support bubble in larger groups. However, this should not be for socializing and should only be for permissible purposes. A full list of these circumstances is included in the regulations and includes:
- for work or for voluntary or charitable services, if this is not reasonable from home. This may include working in other people's homes, for example, nannies, cleaners, social workers supporting children and families, or tradespeople, if necessary. See Instructions for Working Safely in Other People's Homes. If a work meeting doesn't need to be in a private home or garden, it shouldn't be. For example, although you can meet a personal trainer, do so in an outdoor public place.
- in a child care bubble (only for child care purposes)
- If authorized, use these services for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children. Access to educational and childcare facilities is restricted. You can find more information on education and childcare here.
- for agreements in which children do not live in the same household as their parents or legal guardians
- To enable contact between birth parents and cared for children as well as between cared for siblings
- for potential adoptive parents to meet a child or children who can be placed with them
- to enable or facilitate the placement or relief of a child or children in the care of another through social services
- for birth partners
- Providing emergency assistance and preventing injury or illness or the risk of injury (including domestic violence)
- to see someone dying
- to fulfill a legal obligation, such as B. participation in a court or jury service
- for meetings in prisons or immigration detention centers
- To provide care or support for vulnerable people or to give a caregiver a break
- for a wedding or an equivalent ceremony in exceptional cases and only for up to 6 people
- for funerals – up to 30 people. Wakes and other related ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to 6 people.
- visiting someone at home who is dying, visiting someone receiving treatment in a hospital, hospice, or nursing home, or taking a family member or friend to a doctor's appointment
- for elite athletes (and their coaches if required, or parents / guardians if under 18) – or for those who are on an official elite sports path – to compete and train
- to facilitate a move
Support groups that need to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants formally organized to provide mutual help, therapy, or other forms of support. However, they must take place in a room other than a private household.
Generally, if a group includes someone for whom an exception applies (such as someone who works or volunteers), they are not counted as part of the gathering limit. This means, for example, that a trader can go into a household without exceeding the limit when he is there for work, and the officer at a wedding would not count towards the limit.
If you break the rules
The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and imposing fines (fixed criminal charges).
You can get a fixed penalty of £ 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.
Protection of people at risk from coronaviruses
If you are clinically prone, you may be at greater risk of developing serious illness from the coronavirus. There is additional advice for those who are extremely clinically susceptible to coronavirus. Those who are at extreme clinical risk should not go to work, school, college, or university and limit the amount of time they spend outside the home. You should only go out on medical appointments, exercise, or when it is important.
You are not allowed to leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (e.g. for work or educational purposes). If you do need to travel, stay local – that is, you shouldn't travel outside of your village, town, or part of a town you live in – and try to limit the total number of trips you make to reduce. The list of reasons why you can leave your home and region includes, among others:
- work where you cannot reasonably work from home
- Access to education and caring responsibilities
- Visit the ones in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
- Visiting a hospital, family doctor and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are worried about your health
- Buying the goods or services that you need, but should be near you wherever possible
- Exercise outdoors. If possible, this should be done on site. However, if necessary, you can travel a short distance near you to do so (e.g. to gain access to an open space).
- Caring for and exercising an animal or veterinary services
If you need to travel, walk, or bike, plan ahead and avoid busy times and public transit routes. This is a great way to practice social distancing while traveling.
Avoid car sharing with anyone outside your household or support bubble. See the instructions for car sharing.
If you need public transportation, be sure to follow the safer tour guides.
You can only travel internationally or within the UK if you have a legal reason to leave for the first time. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.
If you need to travel overseas (and it is permitted by law, e.g. because it is a job), you should check the rules that apply, even if you are returning to a place where you have previously visited the destination and travel advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
UK residents currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or tour operator about return shipping arrangements.
Foreigners are subject to the rules for staying at home. You should not travel abroad unless permitted. That means you are not allowed to go on vacation.
When you visit the UK, you can return home. You should check to see if there are any restrictions at your destination.
Stay away from home overnight
You cannot leave your home or where you live for a vacation or to stay overnight unless you have a reasonable excuse to do so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.
This includes staying in a second home or caravan if this is not your main residence. This includes staying with someone you don't live with unless they're in your support bubble.
You can stay away from home overnight if you:
- visit your support bubble
- cannot return to their primary residence
- need accommodation when moving
- need accommodation to attend a funeral or similar memorial service
- require accommodation for work or voluntary service
- are a child who needs housing for school or care
- are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or when escaping harm (including domestic violence)
- are a top athlete or their support staff or parent if the athlete is under 18 and needs to be outside the home for training or competition
If you are already on vacation, you should return to your home as soon as possible.
Providers of guest accommodation such as hotels, B & Bs and caravan parks can remain open for reasons specified by law, e.g. B. If guests cannot return to their main residence, use this guest accommodation as their main residence and need accommodation while moving. are self-isolating as required by law or would otherwise become homeless due to the closure of the accommodation. For a full list of reasons, see the UK Closing Guidelines for Certain Businesses and Venues.
Accommodation providers are also encouraged to work with local authorities to provide shelter to vulnerable groups, including the homeless.
Go to work
You are only allowed to leave home to work if you cannot adequately work from home.
When people cannot work from home – including, but not limited to, people working in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to work. This is essential to keep the country running and to support sectors and employers.
Public sector workers engaged in essential services such as childcare or education should continue to work.
You can do so wherever you have to work in other people's homes – for example, for nannies, cleaners, or traders. Otherwise, avoid meeting for work in a home or garden where safe COVID-19 measures may not be in place.
Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take all possible steps to make it easier for their employees to work from home, including providing adequate IT and equipment to enable remote working.
The risk of transmission can be significantly reduced if the COVID-19 security guidelines are followed closely. People at higher risk should be given special consideration.
Go to school, college and university
Universities, primary schools (from reception) and secondary schools remain open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers. All other children study until the half year of February.
Under these circumstances, we do not believe it is possible that all summer exams will go ahead as planned. We will accordingly work with Ofqual to consult quickly and make alternative arrangements that will enable students to make fair progress.
Public exams and professional assessments scheduled to take place in January are proceeding as planned.
Those undergraduate and graduate students studying for the following courses should resume face-to-face learning as planned and be tested twice upon arrival or self-isolated for ten days:
- Medicine & Dentistry
- Topics related to medicine / health
- Veterinary medicine
- Training (initial teacher training)
- Social work
- Courses that require Professional, Legal and Regulatory (PSRB) Assessment and / or Compulsory Activities scheduled for January that cannot be postponed (your university will notify you if this applies to you).
Students who are not studying these courses should stay where they are wherever possible and begin their semester online, as allowed by their university until at least mid-February. This includes students from other practical courses not on the list above.
We have already published guidelines for universities and students on how to safely return to higher education in the spring semester. This guide outlines how we will support higher education providers so that students who have to return after the winter break can do so as safely as possible.
If you live at a university, you shouldn't switch back and forth between your permanent home and your dorm during semester time.
For those students eligible for face-to-face tuition, you can meet in groups larger than your budget as part of your formal education or training if necessary. Students should expect to follow the directions and restrictions. You should socially distance yourself from someone you don't live with wherever possible.
There are several ways in which parents and carers can still access childcare:
- Settings for early years (including kindergartens and child minders) remain open
- Children at risk and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, child minders and other childcare activities (including all-round care).
- Parents can create a childcare bubble with another household for informal childcare purposes if the child is under 14 years old. This is mainly used to enable parents to work and should not be used to enable social contact between adults
- Some households will also benefit from a support bubble
- Nannies can continue to provide services, including at home
Nursing home visits
Visits to nursing homes can be done with provisions such as large screens, visiting capsules, or behind windows. Internal visits with close contact are not permitted. Visits are not permitted in the event of an outbreak.
You should read the guides on Visiting Nursing Homes During COVID-19 to find out how visits should be conducted. Residents cannot meet people when they visit the house (e.g. to visit their relatives in the family home). There are separate guidelines for those who lead supported lives.
Weddings, civil partnerships, church services and funerals
Weddings, civil wedding ceremonies and funerals are permitted with strict attendance restrictions and may only take place in safe locations from COVID-19 or in public outdoor areas, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, faith-based or memorial events such as stone settings and ash scattering can also be continued with up to 6 participants. Those who work are not taken into account within these limits. Social distancing between people who do not live together or share a support bubble should be maintained.
Weddings and civil weddings may only take place with up to 6 people. Who works is not included. These should only take place in exceptional cases, e.g. For example, in an urgent marriage in which one of the marriages is critically ill and not expected to recover or undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.
Places of worship
You can visit places of worship for worship. However, you are not allowed to talk to anyone outside your household or the support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times.
You should follow national guidelines for the safe use of places of worship.
Sport and physical activity
Gyms and sports facilities remain closed. Outdoor sports fields, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor pools, archery / driving / shooting ranges, and horse riding areas must also be closed. Organized outdoor sports for disabled people may continue.
You can still move home. People outside of your household or support bubble should only help with the move if absolutely necessary.
Real estate and rental companies as well as moving companies can continue to operate. If you want to move, you can go to property viewings.
Follow national guidelines for moving home safely, including advice on social distancing, breathing in fresh air, and wearing a face covering.
Wherever you live, you may be able to get financial help
Companies and venues
Companies and venues that are about to close
To reduce social contact, regulations mandate that some businesses shut down and place restrictions on some businesses' supply of goods and services. The full list of businesses required to close can be found in the UK Closure Guidelines for Certain Businesses and Venues, but includes:
- Non-essential retail stores such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (except for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and cellphone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or farm equipment). and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to provide click-and-collect services (where goods are pre-ordered and picked up off site) and delivery services.
- Eating places such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs; with the exception of the provision of food and non-alcoholic beverages to take away (until 11 p.m.), click-and-collect and transit. All food and drinks (including alcohol) can still be provided by delivery.
- Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except in certain circumstances, e.g. For example, when this is a person's primary residence, when the person cannot return home to provide shelter or support for the homeless, or when it is important to stay there for work
- Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centers and fitness studios, swimming pools, sports fields, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas in riding centers, climbing walls and golf courses.
- Entertainment venues such as theaters, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, ice rinks, go-karting venues, indoor game and soft play centers and areas (including inflatable parks and trampoline centers), circuses, Exhibition centers, fairs, water parks and theme parks
- Animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and game reserves)
- Indoor attractions at locations like botanical gardens, historic homes, and landmarks must also be closed, although the outdoor area of these premises may remain open for outdoor exercise.
- Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo studios, spas, massage parlors, body and skin piercing services must also be closed. These services should not be performed in other people's homes
- Community centers and halls must be closed, with the exception of a limited number of exempted activities as noted below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example, for people who do not have them at home – and for click-and-collect services
Some of these shops and locations are also allowed to be open for a small number of optional activities. For a full list of exemptions, see the UK Closure Guidelines for Certain Businesses and Venues, including:
- Education and training – so schools can use sports, recreational and community facilities if this is part of their normal provision
- Childcare purposes and supervised activities for the eligible children
- Hosting blood donation meetings and food banks
- to provide medical treatment
- for top athletes for training and competitions (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities) and for professional dancers and choreographers for work (in fitness and dance studios)
- for training and rehearsals without an audience (in theaters and concert halls)
- for the purpose of film and television recordings
Companies and venues that can stay open
Other companies and venues are allowed to remain open as per COVID-19 security guidelines. Companies that offer important goods and services can remain open. The full list of these companies can be found in the UK Closure Guidelines for Certain Businesses and Venues, but includes:
- Major retail stores such as grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centers, builders and suppliers of building products and off-licenses
- Market stalls selling major retail stores may also remain open
- Companies that provide repair services can also remain open where they primarily provide repair services
- Petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bike shops, and taxi and vehicle rentals
- Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer companies
- Laundromats and dry cleaners
- medical and dental services
- Veterinarians and retailers of products and food for the maintenance and welfare of animals
- Animal rescue centers, boarding schools, and zookeepers (can still be used for animal welfare rather than aesthetic purposes)
- Agricultural products shops
- Shops to support mobility and disability
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Parking lots, public toilets and motorway service stations
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Outdoor areas of botanical gardens and heritage sites to exercise
- Places of worship
- Crematoriums and burial sites
Most of the public services continue and you can go out to visit them. These include:
- the NHS and medical services such as family doctors and dentists. We support the NHS in providing urgent and non-urgent services safely, and it is important that anyone who believes they need any medical care should come forward and seek help
- Jobcentre Plus websites
- Courts and probation
- Registry offices
- Passport and Visa services
- Services to victims
- Waste or recycling centers
- getting a MOT if you have to drive when you leave home legally
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