New National Lockdown Measures

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05 Jan 2021

As a result of rising Covid-19 infections England is now under a new national lockdown.

The full National lockdown: Stay at Home guidance - Further information

Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary, until at
least 15 February. You may leave the home to:
o Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
o Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot
reasonably do so from home.
o 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.
o Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you
are legally permitted to form one - further guidance is available via website.
o Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including
domestic abuse)
o Attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable
children and the children of critical workers.
All other children will learn remotely
until February half term. GCSE and A-level exams are unlikely to go ahead as planned.
The Prime Minister has said that the reasoning for closing schools is that schools “may
act as vectors for transmission, causing the virus to spread between households”.
• The Prime Minister has said that free school meals will continue.
• Devices to support remote education will also be distributed.
• Early Years settings remain open.

• Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except
future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the
village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a
legally permitted reason, such as for work.

The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable have been advised to shield again. If you are
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments,
exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work. Guidance on shielding and
protecting people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable from COVID-19 is available on the website.

You cannot meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support
bubble with, unless for a permitted reason. Equally, you may exercise on your
own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
bubbles will still be permitted - information available about support bubbles is available on the website.

• The instruction to stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household has been reiterated.

This information will also be added to the village noticeboard outside Bapchild Village Hall.

Parish Clerk Tuesday 5th January 2021