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Monday, January 04, 2021
UK Covid Lockdown as 4 January 2020
(As BBC website) "England is going into lockdown to try to prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus cases.
Primary and secondary schools will close to almost all pupils, and people will be instructed to stay at home.
Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are also under lockdown, with schools in Scotland closed until at least the end of January.
What are England's new rules?
People in England will have to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons. Primary and secondary schools will move to online learning for all pupils apart from vulnerable and keyworker children, while those who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be advised to shield.
Activities still allowed include:
Unlimited exercise outdoors
Meeting one other person from another household in an open public space to exercise
Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
You can leave home for work, education, training, childcare and for medical appointments and emergencies
Communal religious worship
Support bubbles are still allowed and children can move between separated parents
What are the restrictions in Scotland?
Scotland has its own restriction levels - from zero to four.
On Boxing Day, mainland Scotland went into a level four restrictions, while Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and other island communities are in level three.
From midnight on 4 January, the mainland will move to "enhanced level four restrictions" until at least the end of the month. During this time, schools will be closed to almost all pupils, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says. The islands will stay in tier three.
"Enhanced" level four rules
From midnight on 4 January, all of mainland Scotland is under enhanced level four, or lockdown:
Nursery, primary and secondary schools will close to all but vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers until February. Learning will move online
People should only leave home for essential reasons such as caring responsibilities, essential shopping, exercise or seeing their extended household
Those who are shielding should not go into work, even if they cannot work from home
A maximum of two people from up to two households can meet outdoors (under-11s are not included in the limit and can play together outside)
Places of worship will close except for weddings (up to five people) and funeral services (up to 20 people). Wakes are not allowed.
The definition of an essential business will be tightened with premises such as ski centres, large retail showrooms, and cosmetic clinics required to close
Level four rules
No household mixing
Exceptions include providing care to a "vulnerable person", or "extended households" to reduce loneliness
Children can move between homes of separated parents
Up to two households - no more than six adults - can meet in a private garden or a public place like a park
Children under 12 are not counted and don't need to social distance
Young people aged 12 to 17 can meet in groups of up to six outdoors - they're not subject to the two-household limit, but need to be physically distanced
Pubs, cafes & holiday accommodation:
Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars must close - but takeaways can operate as normal
Holiday accommodation must close - but hotels, B&Bs and self-catering can open for essential customers (such as people staying for work)
Hotels and other accommodation providers can serve food up to 10pm to guests
Supermarkets, clothes shops & markets:
Only essential shops can open, and must follow Covid-safe guidelines.
Homeware stores and garden centres must close
Click and collect, online services can open
Hairdressers, nail salons and other close contact services must close
Sport, leisure & entertainment:
Indoor sports facilities, including gyms, must close
You can meet others outdoors for informal exercise or sport - outdoor gyms can remain open
Outdoor non-contact sports are permitted
Leisure and entertainment premises, including cinemas, must close
Film and TV production can continue
Public buildings, such as libraries, must close - but libraries can operate click and collect
Places of worship:
Places of worship can open with social distancing and a maximum 20 people
Wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships, are allowed with social distancing and a maximum 20 people
Wedding receptions are not allowed
Funerals and wakes can take place with a maximum of 20 guests
Schools, colleges and universities can remain open
Early learning and childcare can remain open
Informal childcare is only allowed for parents or guardians employed in essential services
Level three (very high) rules
Pubs and restaurants can open until 18:00, but alcohol can't be served
Leisure and entertainment venues must close
Non-essential travel in or out of the area is not allowed
Indoor gym use is restricted to individuals
Hairdressers and barbers can open
Levels two, one and zero
There are three further levels - two, one zero. However, none of these levels currently apply to any area in Scotland.