With Coronavirus cases rising rapidly and our hospitals under extreme pressure, the Government has announced a new national lockdown.
But what does it mean for you and your family? We explain the details.
You must stay at home. You can only leave in certain circumstances:
- to shop for basic necessities
- to go to work, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- to exercise once a day and only in your immediate area. You can exercise with your household or one other person.
- to meet your support bubble or childcare bubble, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- to seek medical help or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm. This includes escaping domestic abuse
- for those that are eligible, you are able to travel to school, college or childcare. Schools and colleges will be closed to everyone except key worker and vulnerable children.
- If you do have to leave your home for one of the above reasons, then you must stay in your immediate area unless you need to travel further for work.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise. You should not attend work.
Schools, universities and colleges will remain closed to all children apart from key workers and those who are classed as vulnerable.
Schools will provide online learning for all children until February half term
Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
You cannot meet with anyone who isn't from your household or support bubble either indoors or outside.
The only exception is that you can exercise outside with one other person outside of your household.
All of these measures will be put in law.
Help is available to you
If you're struggling to get food or medication, or perhaps you're finding it hard to cope at home, get in touch with Kent Together.
They can help you get supplies and offer someone to talk to. It's free.
To get help, visit HERE . Don't struggle alone.