National restrictions from 5 November

Applies to: England (see guidance for WalesScotland and Northern Ireland)

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from 00:01 on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Close certain businesses and venues.

These new measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus, which 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

On Thursday 5 November these national restrictions replaced the Local Covid Alert Level measures.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of that period, we will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

These measures will be underpinned by law. Police and other authorities will have powers to give fines and break up gatherings.

You can help to protect your friends and family by downloading the NHS COVID-19 App.

There is separate guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.

Published: 31 October 2020
Last updated: 20 November 2020 — see all updates

From: Cabinet Office

NHS test and trace

For information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, please use the following links:

Coronavirus resources for parents and carers

We know it can be especially difficult for parents to explain what’s happening in regards to coronavirus to their children. That’s why the NHS has produced the video below to help.

 

Alternatively, you can also download the fact sheet by clicking here.

We’re also found this useful resource that offers ten tips to parents and carers in uncertain times, which you can access here.