National lockdown: Work, exercise & getting food – all the only reasons you can leave home under new lockdown measures

BORIS Johnson has ordered the nation to stay at home until February in a fresh lockdown to crack down on coronavirus cases.

The PM tonight ordered a return to the strict measures of March – even tougher than the lockdown in November as schools and more shops will shut until mid-February.

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The entire nation will be told to stay at home from tonight onwards


The entire nation will be told to stay at home from tonight onwards Credit: London News Pictures

Lockdown at a glance

  • From tonight, stay at home until mid-February (all of England)
  • Law to come in when regulations will be laid tomorrow
  • All schools shut until Feb half term
  • Nurseries and special schools to stay open
  • Kids continue to see both parents if they are divorced
  • All shielders should stay home as in Tier 4 
  • Non essential retail to shut if they haven’t already
  • No takeaway alcohol
  • Police can fine people up to £200 for breaking rules as before – or £10,000 to businesses and for hosing gatherings
  • Weddings can take place as per Tier 4 – only if people are dying – and only funerals in small numbers
  • Students must not return to university until middle of Feb and stay put if they can
  • Outdoor sports venues to close but playgrounds remain open
  • People can ONLY exercise with 1 other person – no meeting them on bench for a cuppa
  • Support and childcare bubbles to continue
  • Only travel abroad if it’s essential
  • School meal vouchers will continue in some form but Gov ironing out details
  • Kids’ sport cancelled unless through school
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It means that from midnight tonight people in England will only be able to leave their house for a certain number of allowed reasons.

Schools will be shut again, with only the children of key workers of vulnerable children permitted to attend.

The drastic intervention will last for at six weeks.

Boris has said the huge spike in cases – with 58,000 recorded today alone – has forced him to act.

And the Covid alert level is going up to five for the first time too, the highest level of alert meaning the NHS may be overwhelmed within three weeks.

Similar rules will be in place in Scotland, too.

Anyone who breaks the rules to leave home or go somewhere without a reasonable excuse will face a fine of £60 in Scotland – and up to £200 in England.

You could face a fine for:

  • Being out of your home without a reasonable excuse as above
  • Travelling aboard or going on holiday during the lockdown period – as this is not a reasonable excuse
  • Breaking Covid rules by having others outside your household inside your home
  • Hosting a gathering – this could see you get a fine of up to £10,000

A full list of reasons are set to be published by the Government in due course.

The excuses are expected to include:

  • Work: If you have to go to work as you really can’t work from home, this will be allowed. Key workers such as those who work for the police, or NHS, will be permitted to do so
  • School: only for the kids of key workers or vulnerable pupils
  • Exercise: Boris will continue to allow unlimited exercise outdoors. That means people can carry on going for walks, runs and other forms of exercise outdoors if they wish. You can do that with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
  • Food, drink & supplies: People will still be allowed out to collect food and drink – such as at the supermarket, or take-aways
  • Medical appointments: Everyone will be urged to continue to attend hospital and doctor appointments if they need to
  • To escape injury or harm; those at risk of harm are allowed to leave their current home and move elsewhere
  • To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer: people will still be allowed to travel to care for people who need it, or attend volunteer work too
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Sturgeon told Scotland earlier they will also face a lockdown from midnight


Sturgeon told Scotland earlier they will also face a lockdown from midnightCredit: PA:Press Association


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