The country is being told to ‘stay at home’ from Thursday as the Government introduces a second national lockdown in a bid to save Christmas and the lives of thousands.
Stringent restrictions mean that you can only leave home for certain reasons as of 00:01 on 5th November, although this second lockdown is more relaxed than the first with schools remaining open and businesses encouraged to keep trading.
Police have the power to fine and/or charge any individual who disobeys the Government. The restrictions will be reviewed on or before 2nd December, but could well be extended to Christmas and beyond.
From Thursday, Islanders will only be allowed to leave their home for:
- Work, if you cannot work from home
- Exercise and recreation outdoors with your household, support bubble or on your own with 1 person from another household
- Medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
- Providing care for vulnerable people or as a volunteer
You will only be allowed to socialise with your friends or family if you are living with them, or they are part of your support bubble – otherwise you cannot socialise with them, indoors or outdoors. People living alone will be able to form a support bubble with another household and children will still be able to see their parents if they are under 16 and their parents have separated.
Travel internationally or within the UK will not be permitted, unless for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions. Overnight stays away from primary residences will also not be allowed, except for specific exceptions including for work.
Parents will still be able to access registered childcare and other childcare activities where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work. Parents are also able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.
Clinically vulnerable individuals, or those over the age of 60, are not being urged to shield like they were in March. However, they should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise contacts with others. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not only minimise their contacts with others, but also not go to work if they are unable to work from home.
Weddings and Funerals
The wedding industry has been thrown into turmoil once again with all weddings and civil partnership ceremonies banned, except in ‘exceptional circumstances’.
Funerals are being allowed to continue and can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. The scattering of ashes and stone settings can take place with up to 15 people.
Businesses to close and activities to cease
Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed from Thursday including hairdressers, beauty salons and pubs, although in Lockdown 2.0 Click and Collect, delivery and takeaway services can continue. Essential shops, including supermarkets, hardware shops, vets and garden centres, will remain open.
Public services, such as job centres, courts and civil registration offices will also remain open, as will playgrounds.
Elite sports will continue to take place behind closed doors but amateur sports, such as youth and league football, must stop.