New National Lockdown Restrictions: What You Need To Know

From Thursday 5th November, the UK will be going into a national lockdown, which means all of London, including Richmond, will be subject to new restrictions.

Until the 5th November, local COVID alert level ‘High’ restrictions will continue to apply. 

From Thursday 5th November, the following restrictions will apply:

  • Everyone must stay home, except for specific purposes (See Staying Home

  • You should not gather with people you do not live with. Support and childcare bubbles are allowed and 2 people who do not live together may meet in public spaces (See Meeting friends and family)

  • Certain businesses and venues will be closed, including non-essential shops

  • Schools, colleges and universities will remain open 

The NHS will continue to carry out urgent and non-urgent services safely and it is vital that you continue to seek help for any kind of medical care that you need.

Staying home 

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for:

  • childcare or education

  • going to work (if you cannot work from home)

  • To exercise or to meet outdoors with members of your household, someone in your support bubble, or with 1 person from another household 

    • children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, do not count towards the limit on two people from outside households of bubbles meeting outside

  • For medical reasons, appointments and emergencies, and to escape harm or danger (for example, in cases of domestic abuse) 

  • Shopping for basic necessities, such as food and medicine 

  • To visit members of your support bubble, or to care for a vulnerable person

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit outdoor public places together.

Meeting with friends and family

You must not meet socially indoors with friends or family if they are not part of your household (meaning people you live with) or part of your support bubble. 

You can visit outdoor public places with people you live with or from your support bubble.

Two people from different households can also meet in public places. Parents and carers should be aware that those dependent on round-the-clock care or children under school age do not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

Outdoor public places include: parks, beaches, countryside, public gardens, playgrounds, allotments. You cannot meet in a private garden. 

Shops, businesses and venues 

To reduce social contact, the following venues will be closed: 

  • All non-essential retail 

  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities

  • Entertainment venues 

  • Personal care facilities

  • Hospitality venues such as pubs, bars and restaurants (although these may continue to provide takeaway and delivery services)

Food shops, supermarkets, and other retailers providing essential goods can remain open. 

A full list of the business closures is due to be published by Thursday 5th November.

Going to work 

Everyone who can work effectively from home, must do so. Where people cannot do so, they should continue to travel to work and attend their workplace. 

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to work from home. If you cannot work from home, you are advised not to go to work and may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

Going to school

School, colleges and universities will remain open, and students are encouraged to continue to attend. Schools have implemented additional protective measures to make them safe. It is expected that exams will go ahead in Summer 2021.


You should avoid traveling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. If you need to travel you are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

If you need to use public transport - to travel to work for example - you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes the rules on wearing face masks and advice on car sharing.

Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed except for essential reasons (e.g. work, education, healthcare, childcare, exercise). This includes holidays abroad and in the UK.

Social distancing 

To stay safe outside the home, It is critical that everybody continues to observe the following key behaviours:

HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.

FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).

Hands. Face. Space.

Can I (or the person I care for) be tested for coronavirus?

Testing is a key pillar of the Government's strategy to protect the NHS and save lives. The testing capacity has been expanded to include anyone with symptoms (in England).

Find out if you are eligible

Further information

If you have any  questions or concerns contact us by the details below and we will work to find you an answer.

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