A new lockdown in England is due to come into effect this week, lasting until at least 2 December.
Here are some of your questions about what the regulations will mean for you.
My son’s marriage is fixed for 14 November 2020 at a church in Andover. Is it possible to do the same under national lockdown? – John
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies cannot be held under the new lockdown rules, due to be in place until 2 December, unfortunately. That’s whether they are at a church or elsewhere. There are very limited exceptions to this rule and the government is due to outline what these are on Monday when the full regulations are published.
My next door neighbour’s family live in Yorkshire and Crewe. Will it be possible for us to be her bubble when we go on lockdown because she won’t be able to visit her family? – Barbara
Support bubbles are still in place during the new lockdown. Anyone who lives alone can join up with one other household, which can be of any number of people. It’s advised that you form a bubble with someone who lives nearby to avoid unnecessary travel and potentially limiting the spread of the virus.
Bubbles can also be formed with another household if a single adult lives with children who were under the age of 18 on 12 June 2020. And if someone shares custody of their child or children with someone they do not live with, they can have a bubble with the child’s other parent in addition to their chosen support bubble. So, as long as your neighbour lives alone or with children under 18 and is not already in a bubble, other than for shared custody purposes, the answer is yes.
Will hotels close through the lockdown? – Gary
Places like hotels and hostels are only going to be open for people who have to travel for work purposes. There are going to be a “limited number of other exemptions” set in law, the government has said. Also if you were planning a holiday rather than a business trip, you should bear in mind that the new rules state “you should avoid all non-essential travel by private or public transport”.
I am booked to move house on Friday. London to North Yorkshire. I have booked a van to do so. Can I still proceed? – Mark Challinor
The update that came out on Saturday did not specifically address house moves but more details are due on Monday. The current government advice is that house moves are allowed as long as measures like social distancing and wearing a face covering are adhered to. Even those in the extremely clinically vulnerable category are allowed to move according to that current advice. And when the tier system was introduced, people were told they could move house if they lived in an area under very high alert, tier three. But it will be worth double checking when the new information is released.
Will gyms and places of worship be closed? – Tom, London
Places of worship are to be closed apart from in limited circumstances. This is for funerals, individual prayer, for broadcasts of acts of worship, formal childcare, voluntary and public services like blood donation or food banks, or for some support groups. They won’t be open for normal services. And all indoor and outdoor leisure facilities – including gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools – will have to shut. People are being encouraged to exercise outside during the lockdown, in places like local parks.
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