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.

High COVID alert level

What you need to know and do if you are in the local areas rated as high COVID alert level.

The Government issues the following to the public.

This means on top of restrictions in alert level medium:

– You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

– You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law).

– Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law.

– Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10 pm and 5 am.

– Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10 pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.

– Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.

– Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.

– Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors; these will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport.

– You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

You must:
wear a face-covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to:

– Follow social distancing rules.
– Work from home where you can effectively do so.
– Walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Find out more about the measures that apply in high alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Very high COVID alert level

What you need to know and do if you are in the local areas rated as very high COVID alert level.

The Government issues the following to the public.

At a minimum, this means:

1. You must not socialise with anybody you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.

2. You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue.

3. Pubs and bars must close; they can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal, and they may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.

4. Schools and universities remain open.

5. Places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted.

6. Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees; however, wedding receptions are not allowed.

7. Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors; these will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport.

8. You should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you are in or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey.

9. You should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere.

You must:
wear a face-covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to:
– follow social distancing rules
– work from home where you can effectively do so
– travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but aim to reduce the number of journeys you make.

This is the baseline in very high alert level areas. The government will also seek to agree additional interventions in consultation with local authorities, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. These could include the following options:
– restrictions preventing the sale of alcohol in hospitality or closing all hospitality (except takeaway and delivery).
– closing indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and tourist attractions.
– closing venues such as leisure centres and gyms (while ensuring provision remains available for elite athletes, youth and disabled sport and physical activity).
– shutting public buildings, such as libraries and community centres (while ensuring provision remains available for youth and childcare activities and support groups).
– closing personal care and close contact services or prohibiting the highest-risk activities.
– closing performing arts venues for the purposes of performing to audiences.

You should therefore check whether additional restrictions apply in your area.

Find out more about the measures that apply in very high alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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.

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