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Covid: What are the UK’s lockdown rules and when will they be reviewed?

All of the UK is under a lockdown to try to bring down the rate of coronavirus and protect the NHS.

How do the rules vary between nations?

How long will lockdowns last?

  • Scotland – until at least the end of February
  • England – next announcement expected around 22 February
  • Wales – until at least 19 February
  • Northern Ireland – lockdown has been extended until 5 March

When are children going back to school?

  • Wales – children aged three to seven will return on 22 February
  • Scotland – youngest pupils are likely to return to school full-time from 22 February
  • England – it’s hoped schools will begin reopening from 8 March
  • Northern Ireland – schools will remain closed until at least 8 March

What are England’s lockdown rules?

People must stay at home and only go out if you have “a reasonable excuse”.

You are not to meet people socially unless you live together or form a support bubble.

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People breaking these rules can face fines, including an £800 penalty for those attending house parties of more than 15 people – and a £10,000 fine for the organisers.

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What’s a ‘reasonable excuse’ for leaving home?

  • Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
  • Meeting your support or childcare bubble
  • Children moving between separated parents
  • Working where it is “unreasonable” to work from home, for example nannies, cleaners and tradespeople
  • Education, training, childcare, medical appointments and emergencies
  • Religious worship
  • Moving house
  • Exercise once a day

You can exercise with one person from another household in an open public space.

Travel – internationally or around the UK – is only allowed if it is essential.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or essential reasons. You should not attend work.

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Pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops are closed, as are sports facilities including gyms and tennis courts.

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Essential businesses and services can stay open – including:

  • Supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies and garden centres
  • Places of worship
  • Petrol stations and MOT services
  • Laundrettes
  • Banks and post offices
  • Doctors and dentists’ surgeries and vets
  • Car parks, public toilets and playgrounds

What are the rules in Wales?

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Wales is in a national lockdown at alert level four.

  • You must stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • You can meet one friend from outside your household for exercise outdoors
  • Apart from that, you must not meet other households, unless they are in your support bubble
  • Wedding receptions and wakes are not allowed
  • No travel without reasonable excuse

The following must close:

  • Entertainment venues
  • Visitor attractions
  • Sport, leisure and fitness facilities
  • Pubs, bars and cafes (except for takeaway and delivery)
  • Hairdressers and nail salons
  • Non-essential shops (click and collect allowed)

Source:British Accra

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