New COVID-19 national lockdown now in force

National lockdown

Published 5 January 2021

With coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rising rapidly, the Government has announced a further period of national lockdown (Stay at Home), which came into force at midnight on Monday (4 January 2021). The rules in England will be reviewed on 15 February.

To help protect the NHS and save lives you must stay at home. You may only leave 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.

Please remember to follow the guidance on washing your hands, covering your face and keeping two metres apart.

Find out more about what you can and can't do on the Government website.