Coronavirus national restrictions: questions and answers

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This page explains what the coronavirus national restrictions mean to residents and businesses in North Lincolnshire.

From midnight (00:01) on Thursday 5 November 2020, by law, everyone in North Lincolnshire must follow the national restrictions implemented by the Government in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. These restrictions will be in place until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Coronavirus national restrictions in North Lincolnshire

These laws apply to homes, businesses and outdoor spaces in England.

Whilst the national restrictions are in force, you must:

  • stay at home, unless you need to go out:
    • to work
    • for childcare
    • for education
    • to buy essential items
    • for exercise
    • for a medical appointment or emergency.
  • not allow family or friends into your home unless they are in your support bubble or childcare bubble, or there is a medical need or emergency.
  • only exercise outdoors alone, with people in your household bubble, or with one other person, at a safe distance. (Children under school age are not counted in this rule.). Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

Official or registered tradespeople can go to other people’s homes for work purposes as long as they follow national guidance on how to work safely there.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household (on an exclusive basis). Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

Once you make a support bubble, you cannot change who is in your bubble. You must not have multiple bubbles.

Find out more about support bubbles on GOV.UK.

A childcare bubble is where someone in one household can provide informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. This applies to extended family members and friends but must be on an exclusive basis – always the same two households.

Find out more about childcare bubbles on GOV.UK.

See questions 7, 8 and 9 for more information specifically relating to grandparents.

People can visit another household:

  • to attend a birth at the mother’s request
  • to visit a person who is dying
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider and informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to help with a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.

You can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders and providers offering before or after school clubs or other out-of-school settings for children.

Children of parents who are separated can continue to move between households, providing the two separate households are in the same support bubble together.

Yes. Grandparents who live in the same household can link with one other household to provide childcare.

North Lincolnshire’s schools and colleges will remain open and are following Public Health England and Department for Education guidance on keeping students and staff safe.

Face coverings should be worn in secondary schools by staff, visitors and students when moving around school in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult.

Face coverings are now a legal requirement in many public places, including shops and public transport. When you’re wearing a face covering, it must cover both your nose and your mouth.

By law you must wear a face covering in these places (unless you’re exempt):

  • public transport (aeroplanes, trains, and buses)
  • taxis and private hire vehicles
  • transport hubs (airports, rail stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
  • shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
  • post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money
  • service businesses
  • estate and lettings agents
  • premises providing veterinary services
  • places of worship
  • funeral service providers (funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels)
  • storage and distribution facilities.

Yes, if you cannot work from home. Workplaces should have Covid-19 secure arrangements in place.

You must not visit any other household, indoors or outdoors, unless you are in their support bubble or childcare bubble, or you are there for work.

All non-essential venues and services will be closed during the national restrictions.

You can only meet with one other person from a different household if you are meeting for exercise in an outdoor public space. You must maintain a safe social distance.

Children under school age are not counted in this rule. For example, two parents from separate households can meet outdoors for exercise, including walking, with their toddlers or babies. See question 28.

Playgrounds also remain open.

You must still try to maintain a safe distance.

Residents are advised to walk or cycle when possible and when travelling by car to only travel with those in your household and/or support bubble.

It is advised to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work. Face coverings must be worn unless exempt.

You can only travel abroad if it essential for work. You cannot travel abroad or anywhere in the UK for a holiday while the national restrictions are in force.

If you are already abroad, you do not need to return home immediately, but you should check the latest list of countries on the Government’s travel corridor list to find out if you do need to isolate when you return to England.

Official or registered tradespeople can go to other people’s homes for work purposes as long as they follow national guidance on how to work safely there.

  • Funerals – in line with latest Government guidance and due to the size of Woodlands chapel, the limit on the numbers attending funerals in the crematorium chapel is 20.
  • Burials which take place outside are limited to 30. Anyone working at these ceremonies or events are not included as part of the person limit.
  • The maximum number of people who can attend scattering of ashes in the grounds is 15.
  • Unfortunately, the Books of Remembrance Room is closed.
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:

  • funerals
  • to broadcast acts of worship
  • individual prayer
  • formal childcare or where part of a school
  • essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • other exempted activities such as some support groups.

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

  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as
  • bowling alleys,
  • leisure centres
  • gyms
  • swimming pools
  • golf courses
  • driving ranges
  • dance studios
  • stables
  • riding centres
  • soft play facilities
  • climbing walls
  • climbing centres
  • archery
  • shooting ranges
  • water and theme parks

Playgrounds remain open.

Most sports venues are closed. See question 21.

Most leisure venues are closed. See question 21.

Hospitality venues are now closed. These include:

  • Pubs
  • Bars and restaurants (including hotel dining rooms and members’ clubs)
  • Cafes including workplace canteens (but not including cafes or canteens at hospitals, care homes, prisons, establishments intended for the use of naval, military or air force purposes and for providing food or drink to the homeless)
  • Social clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls and concert halls
  • Amusement arcades or other indoor leisure centres or facilities
  • Static/fixed funfairs (indoors or outdoors), theme parks, and adventure parks and activities.

Hot food takeaways can continue to operate a delivery service via a website, telephone, text message, post, or by ‘drive-throughs’.

Yes, if you meet outdoors for exercise.

Children under school age are not counted in the outdoor ‘Rule of 2’. For example, two parents from separate households can meet outdoors for exercise, including walking, with their toddlers or babies.

You must still try to maintain a safe distance.

Playgrounds also remain open.

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.

Visit the NHS website for further information.

People with health conditions and those who were asked to shield are still particularly vulnerable and need to take special care during this worrying period and to be extra cautious and follow the new guidance.

If you’re affected by coronavirus and need help, let us know and we’ll match you with a volunteer in your area.

Here are some of the things we can help you with:

  • food
  • medicine
  • someone to listen and support you
  • health advice and taking care of yourself.

We can help with other concerns you have too, please do get in touch, call us on 01724 297000, we’re all here to help. Further information is available on the council website.

We’ve also launched a payment to support people who may struggle with money if they need to self-isolate and cannot work.

Our council service updates page details how our services and venues are affected by the national restrictions.

Yes, if they are vulnerable and need care, or if you have formed a support bubble with an elderly relative who lives alone.