The measures proposed will be presented to Parliament on Monday 2nd November and subject to Parliamentary approval on Wednesday 4th November.
If approved will come into force at 00:01hrs on Thursday 5th November 2020 and will be subject to further review on 2nd December.
The measures outlined by the Prime Minister include the following:
- People in England should not leave their homes without good reason.
- The reasons for which one may leave one’s home include:
- for education
- for work, if you cannot work from home
- for exercise and recreation outdoors
- for medical reasons
- to shop for food and essentials
- to care for others
- to volunteer
- There will be no mixing of people inside homes, except for childcare and other forms of support; Support bubbles will still be allowed
- You will be able to meet one person from another household outside
- Schools, colleges and universities will remain open with the Prime Minister urging parents to continue sending their children to school
- Supermarkets and essential services will remain open
- All non-essential retail and other services will close
- All pubs and restaurants will close; however, takeaways and deliveries will be permitted.
- People will be asked to work at home where possible
- Industries that cannot allow home working e.g. manufacturing and construction will be encouraged to remain operational
- The furlough scheme due to end today (31/10/2020) will be extended for the duration of this period of lockdown as has the Mortgage Holiday Scheme and Business Support Scheme
- In addition, children will be able to move homes if their parents are separated,
- The Prime Minister stated that the government will not ask people to shield again “in the same way” as last time, but vulnerable people or those aged over 70 are told to be especially careful
The furlough scheme whereby 80% of employees’ wages will be paid by the Government will be extended for a further month.
A full list of regulations will be presented to the House of Commons on Monday 2nd November and a vote on the proposals will take place in the House of Commons Wednesday 4th November. The measures will be reviewed after 4 weeks and, if successful, areas will return to the relevant Tier when the latest lockdown ends.
As the new measures are clarified further information will be circulated at a later date.
As summary of the latest Covid-19 position for the UK as of 31st October 2020 is set out below: