While Covid-19 cases remain relatively low in Stevenage, Office of national statistics figures show that cases are present right across the town and numbers are rising. Good reason to pay attention to the national restrictions applying in England from today.
Covid cases in October
Stay at home
- People must not leave or be outside their home except for specific purposes. These include
- For childcare or education
- For work purposes, where people cannot work from home
- To exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place
- For any medical concerns and to avoid or escape domestic abuse
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine
- To visit members of your support bubble
- People must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of their household or support bubble
- Overnight stays and holidays will not be allowed.
Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
- Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people
- Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted except in exceptional circumstances
- Places of worship will be closed unless being used for funerals, individual prayer, broadcasting acts of worship, formal childcare, blood donation or food banks
Childcare and children’s activities
- Early settings can remain open
- Registered childcare and other childcare activities can continue to enable parents to work of for respite care
- Parents can form a childcare bubble with another household for the purpose of informal childcare, where a child is 13 or under
- 1-1 youth work and support groups may be able to continue
Businesses and Venues
- Businesses and venues to close include:
- All non-essential retail including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores.
- Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres, gyms and other sporting/activity facilities
- Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas and museums
- Personal care facilities such as hair , beauty/nail salons, and tattoo parlours etc.
- Food shops, supermarkets and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open
- Hospitality venues can still provide takeaway and delivery services
- Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for other special exemptions
- Some venues will be allowed to stay open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups