New National Restrictions from 5 November
National restrictions from 5 November
The new restrictions will apply to: England (see guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
In all countries COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The most important action we can all take is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
We can reduce the spread of the infection if we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people. That is why, the UK Government decided from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, all people living in England must:
- Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Close certain businesses and venues.
These new introduced measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus and will:
- prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed
- ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open
- ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work
The PM announce that until 00.01am on Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From 00.01 on Thursday 5 November these new national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area.
The new measures will apply in England for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, according to the government decision, we will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.
These measures will be underpinned by law and police and other authorities will have powers to give fines and break up gatherings.