New national restrictions are in place. Make sure you know what to do to Protect Portsmouth.
New measures are being introduced on Thursday 5 November to control the spread of coronavirus. Full details of these measures are available on the government website.
You must not leave your home except for the following reasons:
Minimise the time you spend outside your home. When you’re around people outside of your home or support bubble, make sure you’re at least 2 metres apart from them.
You must not meet socially indoors with family and friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with one person from another household. You can’t meet in a private garden.
The government has ordered some businesses and venues to close, including:
Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. These businesses should follow COVID-secure guidelines to keep customers safe.
Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery and click-and-collect.
You can also contact our dedicated business support line on 023 9284 1641, Monday to Friday.
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who don’t live together.
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies won’t be permitted except in exceptional circumstances.
Places of worship will be closed except for:
To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people can’t do so, they should continue to attend their workplace.
The government will not be closing schools, colleges or universities. View the full details on the government website.
Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care.
Early years settings can remain open. Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.
Some youth services may be able to continue, such as 1-1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to close.
If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You:
Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:
There is a further group of people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. Over this period, the government are advising these people to work from home. If you can’t 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.
Guidance on care home visits is due to be published on Thursday.
You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. However you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including:
If you need to travel we encourage you to walk or cycle where possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel.
Overnight stays and holidays away from your home will not be allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you can’t stay in a second home, if you own one, or stay with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.
There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes, but this means people can’t travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.
You must not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Workers in the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2,500 a month.
All employers are eligible and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November.
Wherever you live, you may be able to get financial help through the: