Information Correct as of 6th January 2021.
National lockdown: Stay at Home
Today, the third national lockdown in England has become law and everyone needs to follow the Stay at Home rules.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the strict new curbs on Monday (4 January 2021) including the closure of schools for most children and the return of shielding for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
There has been a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates. Hospitals are under more pressure from Covid-19, and the new strain, with patient numbers 40% higher than the first peak last year.
The lockdown – which in law can be in place until the end of March – means you must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes).
You can leave to:
- Shop for basic necessities
- Go to work (if you cannot do so from home)
- Exercise once a day with your household, support bubble or one other person
- Get medical help
- Attend education or childcare (if eligible).
Schools and colleges are open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.
Return of shielding
People who are at high risk of coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable have been told to shield again.
This means you should go out only for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.
If you think you might have coronavirus
A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
What to do if you have these symptoms
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should stay at home and self isolate.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Read the NHS advice about staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- Your condition gets worse
- Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should stay home and self isolate. What this means is you should not leave your house, even to do shopping, to avoid spreading the virus. If you live alone, you should stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, then you must stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started. However, everyone else in the household who is well must stay at home and not leave for 10 days.
For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
Wash your hands with soap and water often, and for 20 seconds – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
NHS England had produced a list of common questions about coronavirus, covering advice for you and your family, how it's caught and spread, prevention, self-isolation, testing and treatment and foreign travel.
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