England national lockdown 5 November 2020

England national lockdown from 5 November 2020 till 2 December 2020 starting today. People in England must follow the national restrictions implemented by the government as follows:

National restrictions during the national lockdown from 5 November 2020

Meeting indoors

You cannot meet anybody socially indoors unless they are in your household or support bubble.

Meeting outdoors

You can meet with 1 person from another household in outdoor public spaces, following social distancing. Children under 5 and anyone dependent on continuous care do not count towards the 2 person limit.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies can only take place where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover. Funerals can take place with up to 30 people in attendance.

Working from home

You must work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home you should continue to go to work (unless you are clinically extremely vulnerable).

Essential shops

Open. Essential retail should follow COVID-Secure guidelines.

Non-essential Retail

Closed. Can only open for click-and-collect and delivery services.

Exercise

You can exercise outside on your own or with your household; your support bubble; or one person from another household.

Leisure and gyms

Closed, except for allotments and outdoor playgrounds.

Hospitality

Closed except for takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through and other delivery services. Takeaway not permitted after 22:00.

Education

Early years, schools and FE colleges open. Universities must reflect wider restrictions.

Healthcare services

You can leave home for any medical reason.

Residential care

Care homes are encouraged to provide safe, COVID-secure visiting opportunities. See the guidance for details on how to keep visits safe.

Travel

You must not travel in the UK or overseas other than for permitted reasons, including work, education, medical reasons, caring responsibilities or for essential retail.

Public transport

You may still use public transport but should only travel for permitted reasons and should look to reduce the number of journeys you make, avoid travelling at peak times and walk or cycle where you can.

Overnight stays

Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences are not allowed, except for work and other educational purposes.

Entertainment and tourism

Entertainment venues are closed. Public gardens at visitor attractions are open.

Vulnerable people

If you are 60+ or clinically vulnerable, be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise contacts with others. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments.

Worship

Closed. Except for: funerals, broadcasting acts of worship, and individual prayer.

Childcare

Registered childcare and childcare activities open to enable parents to work, or for respite care. Parents can form a childcare bubble with another household for informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.

Youth clubs and activities

Some youth services are able to continue, such as 1:1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period.

Download national restrictions poster

You may download the England national lockdown 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 national restrictions poster here.

Businesses to close during England national lockdown from 5 November 2020

Businesses and venues must close or open with restrictions apply to reduce social contact.

Non essential retails

Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

Cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars

Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

Leisure and sports facilities

Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.

Cinemas, theatres, arcades, museums etc.

Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks.

Botanical gardens, heritage homes

Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.

Hair and nails salons

Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes.

Community centres

Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect.

Churches and mosques

Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals.

Businesses can open with exempt activities

These businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • Education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that it part of their normal provision).
  • Childcare purposes and supervised activities for children.
  • Blood donation and food banks.
  • To provide medical treatment.
  • For elite sports persons (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), professional dancers and choreographers (in fitness and dance studios).
  • For training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls) and for the purposes of professional film and TV filming.

Businesses and venues which can remain open

Other businesses are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
  • Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses.
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas.
  • Outdoor playgrounds

Companies House filings

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Collect customers’ contact details

Collect customers’ contact details become mandatory for some businesses in England starting from 18 September 2020.

If you are in the following businesses then you are required to collect your customers’ contact details by law.

  • Pubs
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Hairdressers
  • Cinemas 
  • Other businesses involve close contact

You must keep your customers contact details for 21 days. You must collect the following details from your customers.

  • Name
  • Contact number
  • Date of visit
  • Arrival time and departure time where possible

Correspondingly, you must provide your customers’ contact details to the NHS Test and Trace when requested for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 purposes. On the other hand, if your business failed to comply with this rule, you could be fined.

Recently, the government has also introduced the rule of 6 in England to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 virus. The rule of 6 is where no gathering of more than 6 people socially is allowed whether the gathering is indoor or outdoor.

The government reminds the public to do the 3 things that would minimise or prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Wear a face covering in confined spaces
  • Stay 2 metres away from people you don’t live with.

Read the press release here.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

You can submit your company documents to Companies House online. You would require your company’s authentication code to do so. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

The documents you can file online includes:

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature during COVID-19 pandemic. You can easily upload your documents to the Companies House website.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Travel to work in or out of the UK

Some people who travel to work in the UK from abroad during this pandemic may be entitled to travel exemptions. If you hold one of the following jobs then you may be exempt from completing the passenger locator form or self-isolating.

Jobs qualify for travel exemptions

The list of jobs that qualify for travel exemptions is as follows.

  • Diplomatic missions, international organisations and conferences
  • Representatives of a foreign country or territory or British overseas territories
  • Defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors
  • Defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors
  • Essential border security duties – UK officials and contractors
  • Essential border security duties – non-UK officials and contractors
  • Crown servants or government contractors
  • Regular work abroad
  • Regular work in the UK, living abroad
  • Bus and coach drivers
  • Drivers of goods vehicles
  • People transiting airside through the UK
  • Civil aviation inspectors
  • Eurotunnel workers
  • Eurostar International workers
  • Channel Tunnel system workers
  • Network Rail workers
  • Seamen and masters and inspectors and surveyors of ships
  • Aircraft pilots and crew
  • Seasonal agricultural workers
  • Water supplies and sewerage services workers
  • The Specialist technical workers – goods
  • Specialist technical workers – waste
  • Specialist technical workers – power infrastructure
  • Offshore oil and gas workers
  • Specialist technical workers – space infrastructure
  • Essential nuclear personnel
  • Nuclear emergency responder
  • OPCW, IAES and Euratom inspectors
  • Specialist aerospace engineers
  • Downstream oil facility workers
  • Postal workers
  • Medical treatment
  • Registered health or care professionals
  • Transporting human cells or blood
  • Human and veterinary medicines
  • Quality assurance inspectors for human and veterinary medicines
  • Clinical trials or studies
  • Data infrastructure maintenance
  • IT and telecoms workers
  • Work on electronic communications networks
  • International prison escorts
  • Environment Agency relating to flood and coastal erosion risk management
  • Film and television production
  • International elite sportspersons
  • Domestic elite sportspersons
  • Government contractors – the conduct of negotiations

Click here to read the guidance on jobs that qualify for travel exemptions.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature. You can easily upload your documents to Companies House online platform.

You are also encouraged to use the WebFiling service to submit the following documents to Companies House.

For this purpose, you would require your company’s authentication code to file online. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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