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Please read the following:

Lockdown:

From 00:01 on 6th January 2021, England will be re-entering lockdown. This means:

  • People are required to stay at home, except for specific purposes
  • Gatherings with people you do not live with are banned, with some exceptions
  • Certain businesses and venues will be closed
  • Schools will be closed for most pupils

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes, including:

  • For work purposes, where you cannot work from home
  • To exercise outdoors
  • For any medical concerns, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm
  • Shopping for basic necessities, such as food and medicine
  • To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
  • For childcare or education, where eligible

Businesses that must close include:

  • All non-essential retail
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Personal care facilities
  • Hospitality venues

You can find a full list of business closures, and further details, here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other pupils will learn remotely until February half term.

The rules on what is allowed and what is prohibited may change, so please consult the government website for the latest advice.

Self-isolating if you or a member of your household has symptoms:

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of taste or smell) you should self-isolate for ten days. Other members of your household should also self-isolate for ten days. You can find full details on the government’s website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

If you are struggling with getting basic necessities because you are self-isolating or shielding, you can contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s helpline:

Email Address: covid@eastriding.gov.uk

Phone number: 01482 393919

Face coverings:

Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport, in shops and in some other indoor settings. Those with certain medical conditions and children under 11 need not wear them. If you fail to wear a face covering, you could be subject to a £200 fine.

For full guidance please see this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Financial support:

The government has provided a wide range of grants, loans and tax breaks to help businesses, employees, and the self-employed. This financial support package has been further updated in light of the latest lockdown. To find out more, go to the government’s website:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Here, you can also find out about travel advice, school closures, and other public services and businesses.

The new restrictions that have been introduced are difficult, but deemed necessary by the government, given the rise in daily new infections that we have seen in December, and the risk of the NHS being overwhelmed in some areas.