Coronavirus guidance for England as at January 5
Following the Prime Minister's January 4 announcement England has entered a national lockdown but unlike last March there is cause for hope:
- Two vaccines have commenced roll out, and well over1.3 million people have already received it as at January 5
- By the spring most of those in the top four priority groups will have been vaccinated
- Targeted testing of those without symptoms has commenced and Barnsley have applied for this programme
You can track all coronavirus reporting data here.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare - for those eligible
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work
You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
List of guidance
- Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown
- Detailed guidance on the national lockdown
- When you can leave home
- Exercising and meeting other people
- Support and childcare bubbles
- Where and when you can meet in larger groups
- If you break the rules
- Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus
- Going to work
- Going to school, college and university
- Care home visits
- Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
- Places of worship
- Sports and physical activity
- Moving home
- Financial support
- Businesses and venues
- Businesses and venues which can remain open
Comprehensive set of financial support can be found here - www.andycarter.org.uk/business-support
Workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month. The flexibility of the current CJRS will be retained to allow employees to continue to work where they can.
Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit are eligible and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November – making this more generous than support currently on offer.
The Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends Wherever you live, you may be able to get financial help through the:
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Job Support Scheme (from 1st November)
- New Style Employment and Support Allowance
Volunteering and offering help
- How to volunteer
- Join a vaccine research study
- Join a genetic study if you tested positive for coronavirus
- Donate blood plasma if you have tested positive for coronavirus
- Help others safely
- Being an unpaid carer
Up-to-date Government advice regarding coronavirus can be found here.