The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced there will be a national lockdown across England from this evening.
People across the country will be told to 'stay at home' with new rules in force.
You will only be allowed to leave home for limited reasons:
- for work, if you cannot work from home, such as if you work in the construction sector or key workers
- to shop for necessities such as food or medicines
- to exercise once per day at a local location. This can include with one other person from outside your household or support/childcare bubble
- to provide care or help to vulnerable people
- to attend medical appointments or medical care, or to flee the threat of harm or violence
Primary and secondary school as well as colleges will move to remote learning only from tomorrow, except for key worker children.
However, nurseries can remain open throughout and both childcare and support bubbles can continue.
Exams will also not go ahead as planned this Summer and more details will be announced soon regarding this.
Mr Johnson said that by the middle of February, if things go well, the first vaccine does will have been offered to everyone in the top four priority groups.
That includes all care home residents, everyone over 70, all frontline staff and social care workers and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.