Emily Goddard @emilysgoddard. You must volunteer from home unless it is not reasonably possible for you to do so. Find out more about the rules in England. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household. Accommodation will be closed in these areas except for specific reasons. A full list of exemptions can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes: Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. This is the law. You may leave home, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse). This also includes staying with anyone who you don’t live with unless they’re in your support bubble. All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated, If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a These are: If you were previously asked to shield, the Government has outlined some extra precautions you should take depending on the alert level in your area. You can meet with others in public outdoor places, such as beaches or parks, but only in groups of up to 6 people. Providers can continue with the vocational and technical exams that are due to take place in January, where they judge it right to do so. You can form a support bubble with another household of any size only if you meet the eligibility rules. You may not travel out of your area or overseas (although exceptions apply, for example for work, education or caring responsibilities). Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble. Each resident is limited to two constant visitors and when visiting you should expect to take a coronavirus test, keep your distance, and wear PPE. You’ve accepted all cookies. This is the law. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space), attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services, are unable to return to your main residence, need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event, require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services, are a child requiring accommodation for school or care, are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse), are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition. Where people cannot work from home, employers should take steps to help employees avoid busy times and routes on public transport. You may want to limit the number of people you spend time with or choose to meet with those you don’t live with in outside spaces. However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning. You should not travel abroad unless it is permitted. Outdoors visits and visits that involve a screen are allowed if someone hasn't been tested. People in tier 4 areas won’t be allowed to travel outside of their area or travel overseas. Those students who are undertaking training and study for the following courses should return to face to face learning as planned: Returning students should be tested twice upon their return to university, or they should self-isolate for ten days instead. The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed closely. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. Children under 5, and up to 2 carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care, are not counted towards the gatherings limits for exercising outside. Scotland; Scotland Christmas rules: Covid restrictions on households meeting explained,and how it affects tier system Scots have been advised to celebrate Christmas at … Make sure you socially distance from people outside of your household or support bubble. Students who are not on these courses should remain where they are wherever possible, and start their term online, as facilitated by their university or college until at least mid-February. Tier 4 Scotland lockdown: restrictions and rules explained as Scotland moves to highest tier Finlay Greig. If you are visiting the UK, you may return home. Picture: PA Wire. Hopeful footie fans were snapped having a drink at the Chieftain Hotel, Inverness, during th… There is additional guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. They can open as long as households don't mix indoors, but it's best to check with your place of worship. You may also leave home to visit someone who is dying or someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice, or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment. A full list of reasons can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England. entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks, animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife centres). You should maintain strict social distancing at all times. Scotland Tier 3, Tier 2, Tier 1 rules for going out with your household or bubble There are different rules for each protection level when it comes to going to the pub. Scotland lockdown: what are the latest Covid rules under the 'stay at home' order? Care homes are expected to receive these tests by 18 December. Other public buildings, such as libraries, will close. Outdoor sports venues must close, for example: Allotments remain open, but you cannot meet with someone outside your household or support bubble there unless another exemption applies. Rules are similar to the lockdown restrictions that were applied across Scotland at the end of March. These include job centres, courts, registry offices and waste/recycling centres. Essential shops such as supermarkets will remain open. You can also register for priority online delivery slots here. People should avoid unnecessary contact and stick to lockdown rules, England's chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty has said. Colleges, primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. See exercising. The rules on who you can meet with whilst at places of worship will depend on your tier. Try to avoid travel where possible, unless for education, work, or essential shopping. If there's an outbreak of coronavirus in a care home visiting should stop immediately, apart from in exceptional circumstances such as end of life. work, if you can't work from home, and volunteering, meeting up with others in your support bubble, If you're meeting with people who are in your support or childcare bubbles, To provide care or assistance to someone who is vulnerable, For outdoor exercise or outdoor dance classes, For a funeral or wedding (there are restrictions on numbers). How your donations helped older people this Christmas. There are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare: You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes). Essential public services can remain open. In Scotland, a maximum of eight people will be allowed but that does not include under-12s. The Department for Education will accordingly be working with Ofqual to consult rapidly to put in place alternative arrangements that will allow students to progress fairly. Households in Tier 4 will not be able to form a Christmas bubble. This should only be in exceptional circumstances and is limited to 6 people. Tougher lockdown restrictions came into force on January 16 You must stay at home. If you live in a tier 2 area, the government says “you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area”. To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. Annex 1: Protection Levels Framework Strategic Framework Socialising Rules (different rules apply for children – see guidance) Level 0. You may leave the home to: If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local - unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Although you can take your children to a playground for exercise, you must not socialise with other people while there. If you live at university, you should not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time. for a wedding or equivalent ceremony. You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home. Explainers; You should check the guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19 to find out how visits should be conducted. Scotland to enter highest alert level from Boxing Day. However, support bubbles will still be in place in Tier 4. If you do travel to a tier 2 or tier 3 area you will need to follow the rules of that area while you are there. Up to two carers for someone with a disability or any child under the age of five don't count towards this limit. Tier 4 Scotland lockdown: restrictions and rules explained as Scotland moves to highest tier Finlay Greig. This means you can’t invite people you don’t live with over to your house or in your garden unless they’re in your support bubble. Get a free weekly friendship call. Indoor exercise and sports should not take place unless it is with your household or support bubble. For more information on these specific considerations, see our page on Shielding, social distancing and self-isolation.