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This year's GCSE and A-Level exams are CANCELED, confirms Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson


The GCSE and A-level exams in England have been canceled, Gavin Williamson confirmed tonight.

The education secretary said he recognized that it was "a fearful time for students" to work towards their tests.

He added that ministers and Ofqual are working to find a way to award grades that reflect the hard work of students across the country.

It comes after Boris Johnson failed to guarantee that all students in England would be back in school before the summer break.

Meanwhile, MailOnline has been inundated with emails from concerned parents and students about the chaos in the classroom.

In other school news today:

  • Prime Minister Johnson's cabinet was bitterly divided over the decision to close schools.
  • Mr Johnson defended his screeching U-turn of coronavirus that closed schools under new national lockdown in England;
  • The BBC unveils its "greatest educational offering in history" as schools across the country are closed.
  • One in 50 people in England – around a million people – is infected with coronavirus.
  • Mr Johnson promised to inform the nation about Britain's Covid vaccination campaign every day starting next week.

Charlotte Rose is helping one of her children who is now home schooled in Milton Keynes

6th grade students from Manor Park School and Kindergarten in Knutsford, Cheshire, are returning after Christmas break

6th grade students from Manor Park School and Kindergarten in Knutsford, Cheshire, are returning after Christmas break

Students return to the Perry Court E-Act Academy on Monday morning for a new semester in Bristol

Students return to the Perry Court E-Act Academy on Monday morning for a new semester in Bristol

The education secretary said he recognized that it was "a fearful time for students" to work towards their tests

The education secretary said he recognized that it was "a fearful time for students" to work towards their tests

Mr Williamson said in a statement: “It is recognized that this is a fearful time for students who have worked hard on their exams.

& # 39; The government's position is that we will not ask students to complete GCSE and A levels.

"Working with Ofqual, the department will advise on how to give all students a grade that reflects the hard work they have done and will continue to do."

Earlier, at a press conference on Downing Street, the Prime Minister said he was "optimistic" that "things will really be very different by spring."

However, he was unable to give parents, students and teachers firm assurance that face-to-face classes could be resumed in the current school year.

It followed him when he announced yesterday evening that all schools and colleges across the country must remain closed as part of his new coronavirus lockdown.

Schools should not be closed until mid-February at the earliest, when the closure should be checked.

The massive interruption in learning has forced ministers to dissolve plans for high school graduation and GCSE exams, which will largely run as usual in May and June.

Boris Johnson couldn't guarantee tonight that all students across England would be back in the classroom before the summer break

Boris Johnson couldn't guarantee tonight that all students across England would be back in the classroom before the summer break

At the meeting that evening, Mr. Johnson was told that the parents wanted the government to have "realism" about when students could switch back to school from distance learning.

How could A-Level and GCSE students be assessed in 2021?

Have GCSE and A-Level exams been canceled?

Michael Gove confirmed today that they would be deleted with no further details.

How are the children judged?

The government will provide further details tomorrow after talks with Ofqual.

However, Mr. Gove left the door open to take new tests or evaluations even if the children are absent for the next seven weeks. He said, "One of the things about grading is that students do certain assignments that are then graded."

What are the alternatives?

The most likely outcome is a grade based on the evaluation of the course and the instructor.

However, the Telegraph has reported that for GCSEs and A-Levels, "an option is being considered to examine some core courses such as math and English while returning other subjects to course assessment".

Many colleges are planning to take mock exams in March after the lockdown, which can be considered for predicted grades.

What happened last year

There were no exams last summer. GCSE and A-Level grades were based on teachers' assessments.

Initially, Gavin Williamson insisted on using a computer algorithm that was scrapped in hour 11.

When asked if he could tell parents that all the kids will definitely be back at school before the summer break, Mr. Johnson said, “I'll just go back to the answer I really gave to Robert Peston.

“We believe there is a lot we can do with the vaccination program to get the most at risk out of the virus' path.

“This clearly gives our country the opportunity to do things differently and approach the whole problem of non-pharmaceutical interventions in very different ways.

"I am full of optimism and fundamental hope about the position … that I think things will really be very different by spring and I would surely tell every parent in the country that."

Mr Johnson had previously been asked by ITV's Mr Peston how confident he is that the lockdown will be lifted by March.

The Prime Minister said, “I think it all depends. Our ability to get out of lockdown measures, our ability to deal with this quickly, depends on a number of things. & # 39;

Mr Johnson cited the introduction of vaccinations and people following the lockdown rules as two factors that will have a significant impact on when the rules can be relaxed.

The Prime Minister decided to announce the school closings last night, just a day after encouraging parents to send their children back to the classrooms this week.

The closure plans mean schools and colleges will be closed to all but vulnerable children and the children of key workers, and everyone else will switch to distance learning.

School closings have thrown the school year into chaos, and Mr Johnson told students that "alternative arrangements" must be made for exams this summer.

The Ministry of Education and the Examination Board Ofqual are now trying to find out exactly how students are assessed.

The government's official lockdown guidelines on exams state: “Under the circumstances, we do not believe it is possible that all summer exams will go ahead as planned.

& # 39; We will accordingly work with Ofqual to consult quickly and make alternative arrangements that will allow students to make fair progress.

"Public exams and professional assessments due in January are proceeding as planned."

Slides presented at the Downing Street briefing tonight showed that one in 50 people in England is believed to be infected with coronavirus

Slides presented at the Downing Street briefing tonight showed that one in 50 people in England is believed to be infected with coronavirus

Timeline: The Prime Minister's Path to Lockdown 3 and How Gavin Williamson Threatened to Sue Schools Closing Before the Boris Shut Down

October 14th

Boris Johnson rules out a two-week breaker after calling Labor.

October 31

The Prime Minister announces a four-week lockdown from November 5th.

2. December

The national lockdown will end, but a new tier system will be introduced, with London and the Southeast in Tier 2 and areas to the north in Tier 3.

December 14th

London and Essex move to Tier 3 when Matt Hancock reveals a new mutant strain of Covid has been found.

15th December

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

19. December

The government is announcing a new Tier 4 – and banning mixing at Christmas for much of the country

December 22

SAGE scientists recommend closing schools to avoid the & # 39; R & # 39; to hold or below 1

December 28th

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. "

January 4th

Boris Johnson announces a national lockdown and closes all schools because they could act as "vectors for transmission".

The government had previously insisted that the exams should be taken in 2021 after the school closure meant they had to be scrapped last year and students were given their predicted grades instead.

School principals have urged Mr. Johnson to stop the tests again because "the general health, safety of students and staff should take precedence over the exams".

Angry students and parents claimed that it was simply “not fair” to get teenagers to take exams when face-to-face contact times were cut so sharply.

Kelly Saunders & # 39; daughter Jody is taking her BTEC exams this week.

She said, “This year's kids missed school from March to July and have been hit and miss since September.

“My daughter is 17 years old and in the sixth grade. She will have missed almost a year of her 18 month course on science, dance, and photography.

“In the first phase of photography she hadn't hired any work at all and hardly anything for the other two subjects.

& # 39; She has exams next week as they are Btecs and it seems they are still going on. But without preparation. It's such a mess and she's angry.

Lyndsey Brand's daughter Isabelle, 18, and son Harry, 15, were due to take their exams this summer.

Ms. Brand said, “We haven't heard from either school, but I assume the schools have not formulated a plan in response to the news from last night.

“The online learning offering in both schools has been fantastic, but it's obviously not the same as a classroom with teacher-led sessions.

“I just hope my daughter gets the grades she needs to move on to the next level of her college education and my son gets the grades he deserves.

& # 39; Hopefully no algorithms or class ranking system. Just a series of tests to determine what level they are working at.

Shannon Harper, 20, studied at the Royal Academy of Music for two years but took a year to graduate from high school and secure a place on a chemical engineering course.

She said, “This news got like a wrecking ball to my plans as I sit A-Levels independently and therefore don't have a school that I can rely on to accommodate me.

“I am extremely concerned that many other people in my position will be at the bottom of the list of government considerations.

"I also paid over £ 5,000 to get this high school diploma, a sum that has nearly decimated my savings for all the money I paid for rent and food."

Kelly Saunder's daughter Jodi is taking her BTEC exams this week. She is sad: “This year's children were absent from March to July and have been a hit and miss since September. My daughter is 17 years old and in the sixth grade. She will have missed almost a year of her 18 month course on science, dance, and photography.

Shannon Harper suffers today from those who suffer after schools closed and class 11 exams were canceled. Jodi is one of the thousands who still take BTEC exams under stressful circumstances

Jody Saunders (left) and Shannon Harper (right) suffer today among those who suffer after schools closed and 11th hour exams were canceled. Jodi is one of the thousands who still take BTEC exams under stressful circumstances

Lyndsey Brand's daughter Isabelle, 18, and son Harry, 15, were due to take their exams this summer after years of hard work

Lyndsey Brand's daughter Isabelle, 18, and son Harry, 15, were due to take their exams this summer after years of hard work

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

A family in Knutsford, Cheshire watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliver a televised address to the nation from 10 Downing Street as he closes all schools through February 22nd

14-year-old 9th grade student Isla Stanton is starting her home study in Ashford, Kent after Prime Minister Boris Johnson orders a new national ban

14-year-old 9th grade student Isla Stanton is starting her home study in Ashford, Kent after Prime Minister Boris Johnson orders a new national ban

Debbie Powell of Shropshire said, “My concern as the parent of an 11th grade student is how much GCSE exam cancellation will affect them with future opportunities and employment opportunities. Is he being viewed as one of the coronavirus generations and his grades being questioned because he has never taken the exams?

"I'm so sorry for a generation with an educational deficit who may never know what their true potential is."

Julia Raned from London wrote: “My son is attending his GCSEs this year and had planned his ridicule in early December. The day before his first ridicule, he was told to self-isolate for 14 days.

“We knew he would be back for Christmas and do his mocking on the 5th, then his excellent headmaster sent a revised schedule for the mocking starting on the 6th instead of the 5th.

“We spent all day yesterday with me helping him revise his chemistry GCSE model, only to have it canceled at 8:00 p.m. last night.

Aai & # 39; sha Mallik told MailOnline: “My son is 11 years old and will probably be doing his GCSEs in a few months.

& # 39; He has definitely not made any progress since last March when the lockdown began as he would have done for a normal year.

“Not only that, the government has promised that a huge fund will be used to tutor children so they don't get left behind. However, none of the parents I spoke to told me they were offered this.

“Our 11th year children and those graduating from high school should come first to receive the benefits of these funds. Instead, we get links to revision books, which in turn cost more money.

One in fifty people in the UK now has COVID – but PM Boris Johnson says 1.3 million have now been vaccinated and promises the UK can fire shots at the most vulnerable by mid-February

The new lock in England at a glance

England is placed on a full national lockdown that will last until halfway through February.

According to the new rules:

  • All elementary and secondary schools also close immediate effect
  • Lessons remain only for vulnerable students and children of key workers.
  • They are due to reopen after the half-time break in February.
  • It is unlikely that A-Level and GCSE exams will run as planned in the summer.
  • The universities will remain closed to students until mid-February.
  • Kindergartens remain fully open.
  • The public should stay home unless they have to leave for one of only five reasons: when they cannot work from home, shop for necessities, play sports, provide care, and for medical treatment or emergencies.
  • All non-essential retailers, hospitality and "personal care" like hairdressers must close.
  • Restaurants and other eateries can continue to operate for takeout and delivery.
  • However, pubs are no longer allowed to offer take-away alcohol sales.
  • Children's playgrounds remain open.
  • All indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including golf courses, gyms, swimming pools, and tennis courts, must be closed, and team sports cannot take place outdoors.
  • Elite sports such as the Premier League can be pursued according to their own standards.

The 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.

You shouldn't go to work, school, college, or university and limit the amount of time you spend outside the home. The instructions state that you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or when it is important.

The rules for all people in England also state:

  • 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 train on your own, with someone else, or with your household or support bubble.
  • 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:

You are not allowed to leave your home or be outside of it 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 (Fixed Penalty).

You can get a fixed fine of £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.

A "reasonable apology" includes:

  • Work – You can only leave home for work if it is inappropriate for you to do your work from home
  • 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.
  • Meeting with Others and Care – You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally entitled to form one), to informally care for children under the age of 14 under a child care bubble (e.g. to Parents to work) in order to look after disabled or vulnerable people
  • Exercise – You can continue to exercise alone, with someone else, or with your household or support bladder, limited to once a day and not outside of your area
  • Medical Reasons – You can leave 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 the house for animal welfare reasons, e.g. B. to consult or treat a veterinarian
  • Communal Worship and Life Events – You can leave 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.

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 a residential property, or when it is reasonable to vote in an election or referendum.

Boris Johnson announced tonight that one in 50 England residents – roughly a million people – is infected with coronavirus as he defended his U-turn to put the country into lockdown.

The Prime Minister told a meeting on Downing Street that the searing spread of the mutated version of the disease meant there was no choice but to impose a lockdown.

But he insisted that measures can get the situation under control while vaccines are rolled out – and revealed that 1.3 million people have now had bumps as he dismissed criticism that, in relation to the most vulnerable categories, which will be covered by mid-February is "too promising".

Mr Johnson vowed to "jab by jab" the country with information on the crucial process.

He was flanked at the press conference by heads of medicine and science, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance – whose warnings of the danger of overwhelming the NHS sparked the extraordinary U-turn of pushing England into new restrictions.

The podiums were once again adorned with the March Ineligibility slogan: "Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives".

When asked if he believed the goal of vaccinating more than 13 million people in the next seven weeks was possible, Prof. Whitty said it was "realistic but not easy".

However, the medic also delivered somber news that some restrictions might still be required next winter as the virus is likely to be in the regular circulation like the flu.

The extent of the problem was underscored tonight when the UK reported a record 60,916 cases – up nearly 15 percent from last Tuesday. The death toll was 830, twice as many as last week.

It is estimated that one in 30 Londoners – more than 290,000 people – had the virus on Jan. 2, figures from the Office of National Statistics show.

Mr Johnson said the total of 1.3 million people vaccinated included 1.1 million people in England and 650,000 people over the age of 80 – 23 percent of all those age groups in England.

"That means almost one in four of the most vulnerable groups will have significant levels of immunity in two to three weeks," he said.

"So I believe the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee has rightly drawn up a program that will save most lives the fastest."

Prof Whitty and Sir Patrick confirmed that giving a single dose of the vaccine to more people instead of the recommended double dose to half the number could potentially promote mutations.

But he said the public health benefits of having more people with some resistance are greater.

"It's a real concern, but a pretty minor real concern within the system," he said.

"The public health case is really strong for it."

Sir Patrick warned that the virus would change anyway and vaccines would have to change.

"The virus is likely to mutate … at this point different vaccines will be needed."

Mr Johnson was also gloomy about the schools, categorically refusing to state that they will be returning before the summer break – although he insisted that they are a top priority and that things will be "different" by the spring.

As ministers fight to prevent brutal pressure from wiping out the hospitality and leisure sectors, Rishi Sunak has unveiled another £ 4.6 billion bailout package that offers one-time grants of up to £ 9,000 to keep the venues for keep alive the next seven weeks.

The Chancellor also pointed out that the vacation could be extended beyond April if necessary, although government borrowing is spiraling out of control.

However, companies are urging the government to go further by offering VAT and interest relief.

And unrest in Tory is mounting as fears Mr Johnson has raised false hopes that the measures can be lifted by mid-February.

Michael Gove admitted this morning that there was no "certainty" on the timeline as it depends on the government meeting its ambitious targets for vaccinating more than 13 million of the most vulnerable people in society.

The cabinet minister also warned that, even in the best case scenario, not all curbs would go away as he prepared the weary public for the long term for the rapidly spreading new variant of the coronavirus.

Some Conservative MPs want to know why no further preparations for the vaccination campaign were made in the fall, and point out that Israel has been more successful despite the lack of a "functioning" government.

Union leader Keir Starmer said the move was "imperative" and that his MPs would support them and effectively guarantee their approval in the lower house. However, he criticized the government for not changing course sooner and expressed serious doubts about optimism about vaccine distribution.

“I hope it's not too promising. It's going to be a fight and we have to do this work. & # 39;

He insisted that the government put in place "a massive, immediate, 24/7 vaccination program to deliver millions of doses a week in every village, town, high street, and general practice by the end of the month."

Just a day after urging parents to send their children back, Mr Johnson stated in a somber address from No. 10 last night that elementary and secondary schools will be closed starting today and only the vulnerable and offspring of key workers will enter allowed to.

Kindergartens can remain open. However, university students are instructed to stay at home and study remotely, while GCSE and A-level exams do not go as planned.

Teens may not know how to replace their exams for weeks and Ofsted is expected to launch a consultation, despite government sources saying some contingency plans have already been considered.

The new guidelines, which will be released overnight and are not strictly necessary, will have to close all hospitality, gyms and swimming pools. Rishi Sunak is due to present another package of assistance today as fears about the impact on the economy mount.

Cafes, bars and restaurants are allowed to serve take-away meals. However, due to the tightening of the draconian measures last spring, they are not allowed to serve alcohol. Endangered persons are asked to shield if possible.

The public is only allowed to leave the house for one of five reasons: go to work if necessary, shop for essentials, play sports – work with someone from another household, take care of someone or seek medical help, or flee from threats like domestic violence.

As England got used to the idea of ​​a third national lockdown and months of more coronavirus chaos:

  • Rishi Sunak announced more £ 4.6 billion bailouts for businesses hit by lockdowns as economists warned of the "colossal" blow of the growing pandemic.
  • The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital in England was 26,467 at 8 a.m. on January 5, according to the latest figures – an increase of 21 percent from the previous week;
  • Arrivals at UK borders must demonstrate that they have tested negative for Covid in another major government U-turn in the past 72 hours.
  • Police have warned that enforcing the lockdown will be difficult if large numbers of officers are already sick or self-isolating.
  • Scientists have warned that even the new tough measures may not be enough to contain the mutated coronavirus strain.
  • The Prime Minister will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. with Chiefs of Medicine and Science Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.
  • Streets and town centers were quiet as the British digested the new restrictions on their lives;
  • Hundreds of medical professionals have called for hospital staff to receive higher quality personal protective equipment (PPE) as concerns about airborne coronavirus transmission grow.
Boris Johnson told a briefing on Downing Street that the spread of the mutated version of the disease had made it impossible to avoid lockdown

Boris Johnson told a briefing on Downing Street that the spread of the mutated version of the disease had made it impossible to avoid lockdown

Boris Johnson was flanked at the press conference tonight by heads of medicine and science, Chris Whitty (left) and Patrick Vallance (right) - whose warnings of the danger of overwhelming the NHS sparked the extraordinary U-turn to push England into new restrictions

Boris Johnson was flanked at the press conference tonight by heads of medicine and science, Chris Whitty (left) and Patrick Vallance (right) – whose warnings of the danger of overwhelming the NHS sparked the extraordinary U-turn to push England into new restrictions

The slides presented at the briefing showed that one in 50 people in England is believed to be infected with coronavirus

The slides presented at the briefing showed that one in 50 people in England is believed to be infected with coronavirus

Mr Johnson vowed to use "every second" under strict restrictions to provide an "invisible shield" to the elderly and vulnerable through a mass vaccination program.

"I think when everyone looks at the position, the overwhelming majority of the people understand that we have no choice," he said.

“When the National Statistics Office (ONS) tells us that more than 2 percent of the population is now infected, that's over a million people in England.

Even more restrictions may be required next winter, warns Whitty

Coronavirus restrictions may still be needed next winter, the government's chief medical officer warned tonight.

In one of the most alarming sections of Briefing # 10, Prof. Chris Whitty said that some curbs may need to be replaced by the end of the year.

He said: “If we haven't done all the things that we all have to do now, if people don't take being at home seriously, the risk at this point in time, in the middle of winter, is extremely high with this new variant. & # 39;

He said the risk will gradually decrease over time as measures "are gradually increased, possibly at different rates in different parts of the country, we need to see".

"We will then get to a point in time where people will say that risk is something society is willing to tolerate and put to almost no restrictions," he added.

"We may have to bring some in next winter, that's possible because the winter will benefit the virus."

“And if we reported another 60,000 new cases today and the number of patients in hospitals in England is now 40 percent higher than at the first peak in April.

“I think everyone – you all – obviously wants to be sure that we in the government are now using every second of this lockdown to put the invisible protective shield for the elderly and the vulnerable in the form of vaccinations and thus start this crisis End. & # 39;

Mr Johnson brushed off pessimism on his own benches, saying there was a prospect the lockdown could be eased in mid-February.

“When a very sizable fraction of the most vulnerable groups have been vaccinated, there is a real chance that we will begin to relax some of these measures.

"Aber Sie werden auch zu schätzen wissen, dass viele Vorbehalte und viele Wenns darin enthalten sind. Das Wichtigste ist, dass wir jetzt alle den Anweisungen folgen."

In einem der alarmierendsten Abschnitte des Briefings sagte Prof. Whitty jedoch, dass im nächsten Winter möglicherweise einige Einschränkungen wieder eingeführt werden müssen, um das Virus zu kontrollieren.

Er sagte: „Wenn wir nicht alle Dinge getan haben, die wir jetzt alle tun müssen, wenn die Menschen den Aufenthalt zu Hause nicht ernst nehmen, besteht das Risiko zu diesem Zeitpunkt, mitten im Winter, mit dieser neuen Variante außerordentlich hoch. & # 39;

Er sagte, das Risiko werde mit der Zeit allmählich sinken, da die Maßnahmen "schrittweise, möglicherweise mit unterschiedlichen Raten in verschiedenen Teilen des Landes, angehoben werden, müssen wir sehen".

"Wir werden dann mit der Zeit zu einem Punkt kommen, an dem die Leute sagen, dass dieses Risiko etwas ist, das die Gesellschaft zu tolerieren und bis zu fast keinen Einschränkungen zu heben bereit ist", fügte er hinzu.

"Möglicherweise müssen wir im nächsten Winter einige einbringen, das ist möglich, weil der Winter dem Virus zugute kommt."

Der außerordentliche dritte nationale Druck wird morgen in den frühen Morgenstunden nach der heutigen Festlegung der Vorschriften in Kraft treten, aber Herr Johnson forderte die Öffentlichkeit auf, die neuen Regeln unverzüglich zu verabschieden. MEPs will be voted on on Wednesday when parliament is recalled.

Those who break the rules can expect £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.

High-ranking Tory MPs had joined the opposition and called for another national ban. However, the idea of ​​tightening restrictions sparked anger among other Conservatives, who insist on the country's experience of the pandemic that lockdowns are not working and crippling the economy.

It is alleged that at least two MPs have since sent letters of no confidence to the Prime Minister to conservative backbench boss Sir Graham Brady – although the numbers are nowhere near the threshold to cast doubt on his position.

Die Unruhe über die Impfaktion hat zugenommen, und die Minister haben sich nicht darauf vorbereitet.

"Wir brauchen eine Ausweitung der Impfungen, wie es Israel geschafft hat", sagte ein Backbencher gegenüber MailOnline. „Warum sind wir nicht schon da? Warum wurde die Zeit im Sommer und Herbst nicht genutzt, um die Armee der Impfstoffe aufzustellen?

'Die einzige Einschränkung sollte die Geschwindigkeit sein, mit der die Hersteller es Ihnen liefern können.

„Die ganze Zukunft der Wirtschaft, die Zukunft, mehr Leben zu retten, die Zukunft eines Gefühls der Normalität liegt in den Händen des Impfstoffs. Dort sind wir jetzt. & # 39;

Andere hochrangige Tory-Abgeordnete waren genauso düster. "Wir sind zu vielversprechend und zu wenig erfolgreich", sagte einer. 'Es ist ein großes Risiko. Sie sind nicht vorbereitet und nicht bereit, dies zu tun.

„Das Problem ist, dass die Leute die Logistik der Verabreichung dieses Impfstoffs nicht verstehen und überprüfen, ob die Leute in Ordnung sind und den Papierkram erledigen. Es geht nicht nur darum, jemandem einen Stoß in den Arm zu stecken. & # 39;

With his hands crossed and a desk on Downing Street last night, Mr Johnson made it clear that there is no chance they will be held for at least seven weeks – and possibly longer if the vaccine roll-out doesn't go well.

“Our hospitals have been under more pressure than ever since the beginning of the pandemic. It is clear that we need to do more while our vaccines are being rolled out, ”he said.

He said it was "not possible or fair" for exams to go ahead as usual this summer.

"The weeks ahead are going to be the toughest, but I really believe we're reaching the end of the fight," he said, promising that by mid-February the top four categories on the vaccine distribution list had their first pushes.

There are 13.2 million people in the top 4 groups on the vaccination list – nursing home residents and those over 80, frontline health workers, those over 70, and those at risk.

However, the prime minister admitted that all he could do was give assurances that the situation would improve, provided that our understanding of the virus does not change again.

He said, “By mid-February, when things are going well and there is a good wind in our sails, we expect to have given the first dose of vaccine to all of the four highest priority groups identified by the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee.

“That means that everyone in an older adult care home and their caregivers will be vaccinated, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social workers, and anyone who is at extreme clinical risk.

“If we can vaccinate all of these groups, we will have removed a large number of people from the path of the virus.

"And of course that will allow us to lift many of the restrictions we have been through for so long."

Mr Johnson said he had no choice after being faced with disastrous numbers by science chiefs today about the burden on the NHS.

Hospital patients with coronavirus had risen 40 percent over a week and are now taller than when the first wave peaked.

Downing Street released a series of slides showing the country's problem with the new variant of the virus - the evidence that appears to have compelled Mr Johnson to make his last extraordinary U-turn

Downing Street released a series of slides showing the country's problem with the new variant of the virus – the evidence that appears to have compelled Mr Johnson to make his last extraordinary U-turn

Hundreds of thousands of non-essential retailers are forced to keep their doors closed under England's third nationwide lockdown

Hundreds of thousands of non-essential retailers are forced to keep their doors closed under England's third nationwide lockdown

The Joint Biosecurity Center today recommended lowering the alert level for Covid-19

ALL YOUR LOCKDOWN QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Why is England being banned again?

Cases caused by the new, more contagious variant of Covid-19 are increasing rapidly in all parts of the country. Over the past week, they're up 30 percent, and the number is 40 percent higher than the peak of the first wave in April. Medical experts have warned the NHS could be overwhelmed in 21 days if action is not taken.

Wie lange wird es dauern?

Until mid-February. It will then be reviewed.

Can i see family and friends?

Mixing households indoors is not allowed outside of support bladders. You can meet someone outside of your household to exercise outdoors.

If I'm in a bubble with someone, can I still see them?

The support bladder system – in which a single person can mate with another household – can continue. Bubbles to aid childcare are also still allowed.

Are schools closing?

Yes. All elementary and secondary schools and colleges must close and switch to online learning, with the exception of the children of key workers and the most at risk. Universities must also remain closed. Providers at a young age such as kindergartens and special schools can remain open.

Are GCSEs and Abitur canceled?

Boris Johnson said it was not possible or fair for all exams to run as normal this summer. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will work to create alternative regulations.

Do churches and other places of worship remain open?

Yes, they can open up to individual prayer and common worship.

Can I vacation in the UK or abroad?

No, only essential trips are allowed.

Will the playgrounds stay open?

In contrast to the first ban, yes.

Can i move home

Yes, you can still view houses and move home.

Can I let my cleaner or plumber into my house?

Yes, important visits from artisans can continue.

Can i still exercise?

You can exercise outdoors with your household, your support bladder, or alone with someone from another household. Exercise should be limited to once a day and local, which means you shouldn't be driving to a beauty spot.

Can i play golf or tennis?

Courses and courts must be closed.

Is professional sport affected?

Elite sports that are Covid-safe and have bladder systems can continue.

Will there be additional financial support?

The holiday program will remain in effect until April.

Can I leave my house to get a Covid vaccine?

Yes, you can leave home for any medical appointment.

Will garden centers be open?

Yes.

Are restaurants open?

Not for in-house dining, but cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can serve take-away and soft drinks until 11pm.

Won't essential retailers like clothing stores be open?

Nein. However, click-and-collect services can continue.

What about hairdressers and beauty salons?

No, they are one of the non-essential businesses that will have to close.

Can i go to work

Only when you absolutely cannot work from home. This means the construction industry can keep working and key employees can keep going to work.

Can i get married

Only in exceptional cases, such as when people die or have debilitating conditions.

I had to "shield" the last time – do I have to do that again?

Yes. Those who are clinically at risk and who have previously been ordered to shield themselves should stay home and only go to medical appointments or exercise. You will shortly receive a letter informing you of this.

Can i travel to my second home?

Travel is only permitted for essential work, purchases for necessities, exercise, care for vulnerable and medical reasons.

Which shops are open?

Grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centers, builders and suppliers of building products and off-licenses, as well as market stalls selling important retail stores, may remain open.

Can i go to the bank?

Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer companies can remain open.

Can I take my pet to the vet?

Veterinarians and retailers of products and food for animal maintenance and welfare can remain open, as can animal rescue centers

What about public institutions?

Parking lots, public toilets and motorway service areas, as well as outdoor playgrounds, parts of the outdoor botanical garden and cultural heritage sites may remain open

Rishi Sunak today announced further £ 4.6 billion bailouts for lockdown-hit businesses as economists warned of the "colossal" blow from the growing pandemic.

The Chancellor stated that venues made by Boris Johnson's dramatic decision will receive one-time grants of up to £ 9,000 to keep them afloat for the next seven weeks.

Around 600,000 premises across the UK are to be given the money, while an additional £ 594 million will be pumped into a "discretionary fund" to help other affected businesses.

Mr. Sunak also explicitly declined to rule out renewing the massive vacation program beyond the end of April, merely saying that he would take stock of the budget in March.

However, companies warned that the package is not enough as pressure on VAT and tax relief must be maintained to stop a wave of bankruptcies.

The latest major intervention came amid concerns that the lockdown will cut GDP by as much as 10 percent for each month it is imposed – though the respected IFS think tank said this morning the impact could be lesser as companies have adjusted since the first print in March.

It will also sound the alarm about the government's financial condition. IFS Director Paul Johnson said the extent of the economic damage was the worst "in all of history". Public sector borrowing could hit £ 400 billion this year, with Mr Sunak already warning of a later settlement to offset the books.

In his speech to the nation, the Prime Minister said the previous tiers would have been enough to tackle Covid as it was originally, but the new variant – which is 50 to 70 percent more transferable – spread in a frustrating and alarming manner.

"As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than they have ever been since the pandemic began," he said.

Mr Johnson said the number of Covid patients in hospitals in England rose by almost a third to almost 27,000 in the past week – around 40 percent more than the first high in April.

On December 29th, "more than 80,000 people across the UK tested positive for Covid" the number of deaths has increased by 20 percent in the past week "and will unfortunately continue to rise".

"With most of the country, or perhaps under extreme measures, it is clear that we must do more together to get this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out," he said.

"So in England we have to go into a national lockdown that is tough enough to contain this variant."

Mr Johnson said parents could reasonably ask why decisions about schools weren't made "earlier".

"The answer is simply that we did everything in our power to keep schools open because we know how important each day in education is to children's life chances," he said.

“And I want to emphasize that the problem is not that schools are unsafe for children. It is still very unlikely that children will be severely affected by the new variant of Covid.

"The problem is that schools can still act as vectors, causing the virus to spread between households."

Mr Johnson said the move to school meant "it is not possible or fair for all exams to go through as usual this summer".

The Prime Minister added: "We will provide additional support to ensure that students who are eligible for free school meals continue to receive them while schools are closed and we will distribute more devices to support distance learning work."

The Prime Minister suggested that England could "steadily" exit the lockdown from mid-February – but he severely curtailed his optimism, a sign that the crisis could drag on for much longer.

"Unless our understanding of the virus changes dramatically again, if the rollout of the vaccination program continues to be successful, if deaths begin to decline as the vaccine takes effect, and – critically – if everyone plays their part by following the rules, then I hope we can steadily move out of the lockdown, reopen schools after the February halftime, and cautiously begin moving regions down, "said Johnson.

“I must emphasize that even if we achieve this goal, there is still a two to three week delay from a sting to obtaining immunity.

& # 39; And there will be another time lag before pressure on the NHS is relieved. So we should be cautious about the upcoming timetable. & # 39;

He rounded off his shabby address by repeating the mantra from the first lockdown: "Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives".

"I want to say to everyone across the UK that I know how difficult it is," he said.

“And I know how frustrated you are, and I know that you have led more than enough of the government to fight this virus.

"But now, more than ever, we have to pull together."

He warned that "the coming weeks will be the most difficult" but "with every push that goes into our arms we tilt the odds against Covid and in favor of the British people".

"Thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight, but we know exactly how to get there."

Even the Isles of Scilly didn't escape and went straight from Tier 1 to Full Lockdown.

In a round of interviews, Mr Gove said that a review of the situation would take place at mid-February.

"We hope we can gradually lift the restrictions after that, but I can't predict – no one can predict – exactly what we can relax and when," he told Sky News.

"We know that the more effective our vaccination program, the easier it will be to lift these restrictions, the more people are protected in this way."

Trotz der Wildheit der neuen Maßnahmen warnten Wissenschaftler, dass sie möglicherweise immer noch nicht ausreichen, um die Covid-Variante zu kontrollieren.

Andrew Hayward, Professor für Epidemiologie von Infektionskrankheiten am University College London, sagte gegenüber der Sendung Today von BBC Radio 4, dass der Schritt "eindeutig Zehntausende von Menschenleben retten wird".

Aber er fügte hinzu: „Die Bedrohung, der wir ausgesetzt sind, ist mindestens so schlimm wie im März.

„Ich denke, der Virus ist anders und es kann sein, dass die Sperrmaßnahmen, die wir hatten, nicht ausreichen. Wir müssen also aus den neuen Erkenntnissen und neuen Technologien lernen, wir müssen aus der letzten Sperrung lernen und insbesondere aus einigen Dingen, die wir gesehen haben.

„Ich denke, dieses Mal müssen wir diese Sperrung wirklich nutzen, um das Virus so zu bekämpfen, dass wichtige Mitarbeiter geschützt werden. Beispielsweise könnten wir den seitlichen Fluss (Tests) nutzen und mit Arbeitgebern zusammenarbeiten, um regelmäßige Tests anzubieten Schlüsselarbeiter. & # 39;

In der Zwischenzeit warnte die Polizei, dass die Durchsetzung der neuen nationalen Sperrung "großen Druck" auf Beamte ausüben würde, deren Zahl bereits durch die Coronavirus-Pandemie verringert wurde.

Rishi enthüllt ein weiteres Rettungspaket in Höhe von 4,6 Mrd. GBP für betroffene Unternehmen

Rishi Sunak today announced further £ 4.6 billion bailouts for lockdown-hit businesses as economists warned of the "colossal" blow from the growing pandemic.

The Chancellor stated that venues made by Boris Johnson's dramatic decision will receive one-time grants of up to £ 9,000 to keep them afloat for the next seven weeks.

Around 600,000 premises across the UK are to be given the money, while an additional £ 594 million will be pumped into a "discretionary fund" to help other affected businesses.

Mr. Sunak also explicitly declined to rule out renewing the massive vacation program beyond the end of April, merely saying that he would take stock of the budget in March.

However, companies warned that the package is not enough as pressure on VAT and tax relief must be maintained to stop a wave of bankruptcies.

The latest major intervention came amid concerns that the lockdown will cut GDP by as much as 10 percent for each month it is imposed – though the respected IFS think tank said this morning the impact could be lesser as companies have adjusted since the first print in March.

It will also sound the alarm about the government's financial condition. IFS Director Paul Johnson said the extent of the economic damage was the worst "in all of history". Public sector borrowing could hit £ 400 billion this year, with Mr Sunak already warning of a later settlement to offset the books.

Ken Marsh, Vorsitzender der Metropolitan Police Federation, die Frontoffiziere in London vertritt, sagte, rund 1.300 seien in der Hauptstadt krank oder selbstisolierend.

Sein nationaler Amtskollege John Apter schrieb im Daily Telegraph, dass einige Streitkräfte 15 Prozent ihrer Mitarbeiter als krank oder selbstisolierend gemeldet hätten.

Herr Marsh forderte die Regierung auf, Polizisten auf eine Prioritätenliste zu setzen, um Coronavirus-Impfstoffe zu erhalten, und sagte, die bisherigen Anfragen an die Regierung seien "auf taube Ohren gestoßen".

Businesses expressed dismay at the new policy, which could further affect the economy.

UK Chambers of Commerce Director General Adam Marshall said: "Businesses will understand why the Prime Minister was forced to respond to the growing public health threat, but they will be amazed and disappointed that he has not announced any additional support for those affected has business alongside these new restrictions. & # 39;

Auf die Frage, wie sich die Durchsetzung von Sperren auf die Beamten auswirken würde, sagte Herr Marsh: „Es wird offensichtlich viel Druck auf uns ausüben, da wir diesmal viel mehr Beamte frei haben als im März.

'Unsere Zahlen sind in Bezug auf Offiziere mit Covid und isolierenden Offizieren in die Höhe geschossen, und wir gehen davon aus, dass sich das verschlechtern wird.

"Der Druck liegt also auf meinen Kollegen, die immer noch da draußen sind, das Niveau zu halten, das sie zuvor hatten."

In einem Kommentar zur Erlangung des Zugangs von Beamten zu Impfstoffen behauptete er: „Es scheint, dass die Polizeiarbeit aus jeglichen Gesprächen über den Schutz meiner Kollegen gestrichen wurde, was ich ziemlich unglaublich finde, wenn man bedenkt, dass sie an vorderster Front stehen.

„Sie sind die eine Gruppe von Menschen außer dem Nationalen Gesundheitsdienst, die tatsächlich zur Arbeit gehen und jeden Tag 24 Stunden am Tag mit der Öffentlichkeit zusammen sein müssen.

"Es ist einfach erstaunlich, dass die Impfung der Polizei überhaupt nicht in Betracht gezogen wurde."

Mr Apter, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has called for officers to be prioritised after society's most vulnerable groups and NHS workers have been given the jab.

He wrote in the Telegraph: 'Without the vaccine, there is a real danger that more officers will contract the virus.

'As growing numbers self-isolate or report sick with the virus, then the police service begins to struggle to do what the public fully expects of it.

'Some forces are already starting to report up to 15 per cent of their officers off sick or self-isolating. This is getting worse and is simply not sustainable.'

Starmer warns PM 'over-promising' on vaccines

Sir Keir Starmer sent a warning shot to Boris Johnson today over the Prime Minister's ambitious goal of vaccinating 13million Brits by mid-February, claiming it will be another example of No10 'over-promising and under-delivering' if it fails.

Labour's leader said drastically scaling up the vaccination programme — which has so far only inoculated a million people, despite launching a month ago — would be a 'struggle' and that there was 'no room for error'.

His comments came after Michael Gove today warned that lockdown will only start to be lifted gradually in March — and that the timeline depends on the Government meeting its inoculation goal.

But there are serious doubts about whether the target is achievable, given it has been slow to get off the ground and the NHS will need to juggle running the biggest immunisation programme in British history with battling the greatest crisis it has ever faced as Covid patients continue to pour into hospitals. The record number of employee absences and strict infection control measures are also making the work of frontline health workers difficult.

The NHS has refused to meet the two million target due to potential vaccine supply shortages, staffing concerns and other logistical hurdles. There's also a suggestion that health bosses want to distance themselves from the government's arbitrary goals because it failed to meet numerous goals during the pandemic, including increasing daily smear capacity and expanding NHS Test and Trace.

Mr Apter, whose organisation represents 130,000 officers, said the 'last thing the public want is to call 999 in their hour of need, only to find we are too short of officers to be able to respond'.

Emma McClarkin, General Manager of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: & # 39; A third lockdown is another blow to our industry. Especially after Christmas and New Years, when many pubs were closed for what was expected to be the busiest time of the year.

& # 39; Today's announcement adds to the plight of the pubs as it shows they are still a long way from being able to reopen properly. The road to recovery for the pub sector just got longer. & # 39;

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the government should have gone further by extending the rules for wearing face masks to busy outdoor areas and tightening controls at borders.

"This government announcement of a full national lockdown was inevitable," said Khan.

"It is unclear why it took Boris Johnson so long to come to this conclusion."

The latest infection list meant the UK passed the 50,000 daily infection milestone for a week, suggesting that the easing of restrictions this Christmas fueled the outbreak.

Health ministry chiefs recorded 407 more deaths, up just 14 percent from the previous week.

However, it can take several weeks for infected patients to become seriously ill and succumb to the disease, meaning deaths have not yet peaked and will continue to increase.

The UK recorded nearly 1,000 deaths twice in the past week, with the gruesome tolls slipping since the darkest days of spring.

Nicola Sturgeon announced a drastic action in the Scottish Parliament on Monday afternoon. A home stay has been made mandatory from midnight, and schools north of the border are due to be closed until February.

Mr Johnson confirmed yesterday morning that despite the optimism sparked by the administration of the first Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine doses, "tougher" measures would come – although at that point he had apparently indicated that he would prefer to keep the animal Maintain system in England.

Streets and city centers were quiet as the British digested the new restrictions on their lives. PIctured, Waterloo Station in London

Streets and city centers were quiet as the British digested the new restrictions on their lives. PIctured, Waterloo Station in London

In many parts of London, traffic was relatively light this morning, although the new rules have not yet legally come into effect. In the picture the flyover of the A40 Marylebone towards central London

In many parts of London, traffic was relatively light this morning, although the new rules have not yet legally come into effect. In the picture the flyover of the A40 Marylebone towards central London

Lockdown 3: Which Non-Essential Companies Need to Close?

Non-essential retail stores such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (excluding rentals), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape stores, electronic goods and cellphone stores, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or farm equipment), and market stalls for non essential goods. (These venues can continue to operate click-and-collect off-premises and delivery services.)

Eating places such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs (they may remain open for takeout and delivery of food and soft drinks).

Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites,

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, amusement 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 nature reserves)

Indoor attractions in places like botanical gardens, mansions, and landmarks – although the outdoor area may remain open for 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. Nor can they be done in private houses.

Community centers and halls.

SAGE had cautioned that it is probably impossible to control the new coronavirus variant while they remain open – although experts say a total shutdown still might not be enough to bring the 'R' reproduction rate below one.

Michael Gove held a conference call with First Ministers from the four nations to coordinate strategies. In a sign of division, Wales has announced that it will push ahead with the reopening of schools in the next fourteen days, pending new evidence of variant lineage.

Previously, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt joined Labor and Tory MPs' calls for immediate national pressure with closed schools and borders and a ban on any mixing of households.

Mr Hunt warned that the mutant Covid had put pressure on the NHS compared to normal winters and the government could not afford to wait another day.

Mr Hunt wrote on Twitter: “For those who argue, winter at the NHS is always like this: You're wrong. I faced four major winter crises as Health Sec, and the situation is now worse than any. & # 39;

Mr Hunt said the "main lesson" from the pandemic was that countries "can save lives and return their economies to normal faster" if they "act early and decisively".

"We can't afford to wait: all schools should be closed, international travel stopped, the household mix limited and the animal system checked so that the highest level really lowers the infection rate," said Hunt.

"The good news is that unlike before, these restrictions will be limited to around 12 weeks to get the vaccine to those most susceptible to Covid. So there is light at the end of the tunnel."

Part of a growing group of Conservative MPs, including former No. 10 Advisor Neil O'Brien, Mr Hunt urged immediate action to combat the rise in the coronavirus.

Labor has also pushed for pressure, and Sadiq Khan said Mr Hunt was "spot on".

Previously, Matt Hancock had suggested that the first step would be to escalate even more parts of the country into Tier 4. Tier 3 appeared unable to hold back the more contagious version of the deadly disease.

He insisted that part of the problem was caused by people who did not obey the rules and urged some MPs to give the police more powers.

However, there have been questions about how much more impact an expansion of Tier 4 coverage could have, as three-quarters of England are already under the hardest bracket where only essential stores like supermarkets are allowed to open and people are supposed to stay at home.

Dr. Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director for Public Health England (PHE), said the latest daily numbers are a "bitter warning" of the threat.

BORIS JOHNSON'S LOCKDOWN ANNOUNCEMENT IN FULL

& # 39; Since the pandemic started last year, the entire UK has made great national efforts to fight Covid.

“And there is no doubt that our joint efforts to combat the old variant of the virus have been and would have continued.

'But we now have a new variant of the virus. It was both frustrating and alarming to see the speed at which the new variant was spreading.

& # 39; Our scientists have confirmed that this new variant is between 50% and 70% more transmissible – that means you are much, much more likely to catch and pass on the virus.

“As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than ever since the pandemic began.

In England alone, the number of Covid patients in hospitals has risen by almost a third to almost 27,000 in the last week.

& # 39; That number is 40% higher than the first high in April. More than 80,000 people tested positive for Covid across the UK on December 29 – a new record.

& # 39; The death toll has risen 20% in the past week and unfortunately it will continue to rise. My thoughts are with all of those who have lost loved ones.

'With most of the country already facing extreme measures, it is clear that together we must do more to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out.

& # 39; In England we therefore have to go into a national lockdown that is tough enough to contain this variant.

“That means the government is again ordering you to stay home.

“You are only allowed to leave the house for legally permissible reasons, e.g. B. to shop for essentials to work, when you absolutely cannot work from home, to do sports, to get medical help, e.g. B. to get a Covid test or to avoid domestic violence.

& # 39; For the full details on what you can and can't do, visit gov.uk/coronavirus.

“If you are extremely clinically susceptible, we encourage you to start shielding again and you will receive a letter shortly about what this means for you.

“And because we must do everything now to stop the spread of the disease, elementary schools, secondary schools and colleges across England must switch to remote care starting tomorrow, with the exception of vulnerable children and children of key workers.

“Everyone can still access settings for early years like kindergarten.

“We understand that this means that it is not possible or fair for all exams to run as usual this summer. The Minister of Education will work with Ofqual to find alternative arrangements.

& # 39; We will provide additional support to ensure that students who are eligible for free school meals continue to receive them while schools are closed, and we will distribute more devices to support distance learning.

“I fully understand the inconvenience and distress this late change will cause millions of parents and students across the country.

“Parents whose children were in school today may reasonably wonder why we didn't make this decision sooner.

“The answer is simply that we have done everything in our power to keep schools open because we know how important every day in education is to children's life chances.

“And I would like to emphasize that the problem is not that schools are unsafe for children – it is still very unlikely that children themselves will be severely affected by the new variant of Covid.

“The problem is that schools can still act as transmission vectors, which is how the virus spreads between households.

"Today the UK's chief medical officers have advised that the country should move to alert level 5, which means that if no action is taken, the NHS capacity can be overwhelmed within 21 days."

“Of course there is a big difference to last year. We are now launching the largest vaccination program in our history.

“So far we have vaccinated more people in the UK than the rest of Europe combined.

& # 39; With the arrival of the UK vaccine Oxford AstraZeneca today, the pace of vaccination is accelerating.

“Tonight I can share with you the NHS 'realistic expectations for the vaccination program in the coming weeks.

“By mid-February, when things are going well and a good wind is in our sails, we expect to have given the first dose of vaccine to all of the four top priority groups identified by the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee.

“That means that everyone in an older adult care home and their caregivers will be vaccinated, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social workers, and anyone who is at extreme clinical risk.

“If we can vaccinate all of these groups, we will have removed a large number of people from the path of the virus.

“And of course that will eventually allow us to lift many of the restrictions we have been through for so long.

“I must emphasize that even if we achieve this goal, there is still a two to three week delay from a sting to obtaining immunity.

& # 39; And there will be another time lag before pressure on the NHS is relieved. So we should be careful about the upcoming timetable.

"But if our understanding of the virus doesn't change dramatically again …"

'If the launch of the vaccination program continues to be successful …

& # 39; If deaths start to decline while the vaccine takes effect …

& # 39; And critical when everyone plays their part by following the rules …

“Then I hope that we can steadily move out of the lockdown, reopen the schools after the middle of February, and cautiously start moving regions downwards.

“I want to say to everyone across the UK that I know how hard this is, I know how frustrated you are, I know you have had more than enough government guidance on how to fight this virus.

“But now, more than ever, we have to pull together.

“You should start following the new rules immediately, and they will become law in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Parliament will meet later in the day – mostly from a distance.

“I know the decentralized administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland share my belief that this is a crucial moment and they are taking similar steps.

“The coming weeks will be the toughest, but I really believe we are entering the final phase of the fight.

“Because with every push that goes into our arms, we tilt the chances against Covid and in favor of the British people.

“And thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight and we know exactly how to get there.

“But I'm afraid you have to stay home for now, protect the NHS and save lives.

& # 39; Thank you all. & # 39;

Who has to work from home now and how strictly is this enforced?

Boris Johnson threw the country into a third national lockdown, ordering everyone to work from home when they can.

However, the criteria of who cannot stay in the office have created some confusion, with the exception that this only applies to people who “absolutely cannot work from home”.

The government's official website states that this category includes, among other things, “people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing and must be present in person”.

Roles like these – which include water service providers and telecommunications workers – are, according to the guidelines, "essential in keeping the country up and running and supporting sectors and employers".

Those who work in childcare or education are essential service, which means they should keep working.

People who have to work in other people's homes – such as nannies, cleaners, or traders – can do the same.

To make working from home easier, employees are encouraged to provide both IT equipment and the services that enable remote working.

Those who are out of the house without a "reasonable excuse" – including those who work outside when not strictly necessary – can be fined £ 200.

That number can go up to £ 6,400 for repeat offenders.

“The continued rise in cases and deaths should be a bitter warning to us all. We can't forget the basics – the lives of our friends and family depend on it, ”she said.

During a visit to Chase Farm Hospital in north London yesterday morning, Mr Johnson warned of "tough, tough" weeks.

He added, "If you look at the numbers there is no question that we need to take stricter measures and we will announce these in due course."

Mr Johnson tried to get a positive rating and promised that vaccination numbers will go up massively.

Before Mr Johnson acted, Ms Sturgeon announced yesterday that Scotland will be plunged back into a national coronavirus lockdown from midnight.

The SNP chairman said the new policy, which will last through January, will include a legally enforceable stay at home rule.

Exercise and important travel are the only reasons people are allowed to leave their homes.

The scheduled reopening of schools on January 18 will also be postponed to February 1 at the earliest, while workers are instructed to work from home wherever possible.

The rules for outdoor gatherings are tightened so that a maximum of two people from two households can meet.

In the meantime, the places of worship are closed starting this Friday, but weddings and funerals are still allowed to take place.

A maximum of 20 people can attend funeral services and a maximum of five people can attend weddings.

Ms. Sturgeon said the hard new curbs were necessary because of the “soaring” infection rate north of the border, as she warned the lockdown could be extended beyond January if necessary.

The measures effectively mean a return to the restrictions seen during the UK's first lockdown in late March last year.

All of mainland Scotland is already in the top tier of the Covid-19 rules, but the number of cases has led Ms. Sturgeon to take more drastic measures after 2,464 new cases were announced yesterday.

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.

Leaving home

You are not allowed to walk or be outside your home unless you have to. You can leave home to:

  • Buy for basic needs, for you or a vulnerable person
  • going to work or doing volunteer or community service when you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • If you are exercising with your household (or your support bladder) or someone else, this should be limited to once a day and you should not 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 an apprenticeship 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 remain 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 the work

Meet others

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 train on your own, with someone else, or with your household or support bubble.

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 for 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 are taken (such as wearing face coverings).

At all costs, follow the directions to meet others safely.

If you can leave the house

You are not allowed to leave your home or be outside of it 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 (Fixed Penalty).

You can get a fixed fine 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 when 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. More information about education and childcare can be found 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 entitled 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 exercising 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 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 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 events associated with the death of an individual are all subject to attendance limits. Weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional cases.

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 a 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 leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social gathering). This should be limited to once per day and you shouldn't travel outside of your area.

You can exercise outdoors in a public place:

  • of yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally entitled to create one)
  • in a child care bubble where child care 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 (regardless of whether you pay to enter or not)
  • the site of a cultural heritage
  • playgrounds

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, from the people you live with – or from your support bubble. If this is not possible, maintain a distance of 1 meter with additional precautions (such as 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 have to meet certain eligibility requirements to form 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 build 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 where 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 can include working in other people's homes, for example, nannies, cleaners, social workers who support 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 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. More information about education and childcare can be found 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
  • Enable or facilitate the placement or relief of a child or children in the care of another through social services
  • for birth partners
  • Provide emergency assistance and avoid 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 prison 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 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 who are 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 affected by an exception (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 civil servant 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 illegal gatherings and the imposition of fines (fixed criminal charges).

You can get a fixed fine 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 for medical appointments, exercise, or when it is important.

travel

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, do not 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 those 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 within your area to do so (e.g. to gain access to an open space).
  • Participation in the care and exercise of 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 people outside of your household or support bubble. See the instructions for car sharing.

If you have to use public transport, you should follow the safer tour guides.

Trips abroad

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 that 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
  • require accommodation to attend a funeral or similar memorial service
  • need accommodation for work purposes or for volunteering
  • 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 professional 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 can only leave home to work if you cannot adequately work from home.

If people cannot work from home – including, but not limited to, people working in critical national infrastructure, in construction, or in manufacturing – they should continue to travel to work. This is important in keeping the country running and supporting 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 security guidelines of COVID-19 are strictly followed. 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 that all summer exams will be carried out 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 due to take place in January are proceeding as planned.

Universities

Those undergraduate students studying for the following courses should return to face-to-face learning as planned and be tested twice upon arrival or self-isolating for ten days:

  • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Topics related to medicine / health
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Training (initial teacher training)
  • Social work
  • Courses that require Technical, 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 start their semester online as their university allows 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 need to return after the winter break can do so as safely as possible.

If you live in 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 instructions and restrictions. You should socially distance yourself from someone you don't live with wherever possible.

childcare

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. The 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 weddings 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 seriously 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.

Move home

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 the property views.

Follow national guidelines for moving home safely, including advice on social distancing, breathing in fresh air, and wearing a face covering.

Financial support

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 (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and cellphone stores, auction houses (other than for livestock or farm equipment auctions). 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 take-away food and non-alcoholic drinks (until 11 p.m.), click-and-collect and drive-through. 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, amusement 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 such as 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 people who don't have them at home, for example – and to 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 care
  • 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 stay 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 Company and Venue Closure Guidelines 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
  • Undertaker
  • 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 purposes and not for 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

Public service

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 delivering urgent and non-urgent services safely, and it is important that anyone who believes they need any medical attention should come forward and seek help
  • Jobcentre Plus websites
  • Courts and probation
  • Registry offices
  • Passport and Visa services
  • Services to the victims
  • Waste or recycling centers
  • getting a MOT if you have to drive when you leave home legally

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