National lockdown – what you need to know

The Prime Minister has announced a new national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS, and save lives.

The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions, and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any other point throughout the pandemic.

An estimated one in 30 people were infected with COVID-19 in London between December 27 and January 2, official figures show.

We’re asking everyone in Redbridge to do their bit and follow the rules currently in place. This means you must only leave you home for the following reasons:

  • 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

All primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges will move to remote learning, except for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. Schools will be required to provide remote education for those learning at home.

Early years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open.

All non-essential retail, hospitality, and personal care services must close or remain closed. Restaurants can continue delivery, takeaway, or click-and-collect of food and non-alcoholic drinks, but venues will no longer be able to serve takeaway or click-and-collect alcohol.

Essential shops and garden centres can remain open.

The full details on what you can and cannot do are available here

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