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New Restrictions introduced from 5 November
3rd November 2020

The Government has announced new national restrictions to reduce the spread of Coronavirus across the UK.

With COVID-19 case numbers rising across the country, the UK Government has set out a series of new national restrictions. From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:


1) Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.

2) Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

3) Closing certain businesses and venues.


To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

  • all non-essential retail (e.g. clothing and electronic stores, vehicle showrooms and travel agents)
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities (e.g. bowling alleys, leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools)
  • entertainment venues (e.g. theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries and zoos)
  • personal care facilities (e.g. hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours)


Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential goods and services should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect. Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services.

A full list of the business closures will be set out in law and published by Government.


In order to suport businesses through this period, Government has extended the application period on a number of their financial support measures. These schemes include:


For more informaiton on these schemes, including eligibility criteria, visit the Government's Financial support for businesses during coronavirus.


For further information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home, business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available, visit the UK Gov website.

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