Tougher national restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus

Monday, November 2, 2020


Stricter national measures are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December:

  • You must stay at home, except for specific purposes
  • You must avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes
  • Certain businesses and venues will be closed




In summary, the guidance under this lockdown is to stay at home unless for specific purposes including: 

  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place - with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).
  • for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm - such as domestic abuse
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer 


Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

Over this period, the clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to work from home. If you cannot work from home, you are advised not to go to work and may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA). You are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, but are encouraged to go outside for exercise. The full guidance is available and the Government will write to everybody who is clinically extremely vulnerable to set out detailed advice while the new restrictions are in place.


More information 

Read more about the national restrictions and what you can and cannot do here.

For local support and more information, visit the Sefton Council website here.