Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

Posted by LRF Manager

On Monday 4th January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a third full ‘lockdown’ in England during a televised address to the nation in order to contain the spread of the virus. The national COVID-19 Alert Level has been raised to Level 5 (Red) meaning ‘a material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed’ (within 21 days). The key message is Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives. The law has been updated to reflect these changes.

In summary, the ‘lockdown’ restrictions are as follows:

  • You must stay at home, with limited reasons to leave / be outside your home. People will only be allowed to leave their homes for the following reasons:
    • to shop for basic necessities;
    • to go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so at home;
    • to exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area;
    • to meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one;
    • to seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse);
    • to attend education or childcare – for those eligible.
  • If you leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town or part of the city where you live;
  • If classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, you must once again ‘shield’ and only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or if essential, and should not attend work. (Letters will be sent out to individuals on what this means for them);
  • Primary schools, secondary schools and colleges will move to online provision, however, they will remain open for children of key workers and children who are vulnerable. Nurseries will remain open;
  • Alternative arrangements will be made for exams for pupils.

Full details of ‘lockdown’ arrangements can be found here.

Social distancing is key! Remember to follow – Hands, Face, Space!

Wiltshire & Swindon LRF continues to work collaboratively to respond to the current situation and all organisations are fully committed to keeping our communities safe.

Remember - Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives!