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National restrictions begin in England from 5 November. Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and cannot do.
Current guidance covering national restrictions
From 5 November 2020, England will enter a period of national restrictions. The new measures include:
- requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes
- preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes
- closing certain businesses and venues
The new measures will apply nationally until Wednesday 2 December. For this period, the new restrictions are in place, and any previous regulations and guidance do not apply. They are provided below for information only.
During the period of national restrictions, the following applies:
Individual exercise is permitted – alone, with 1 other person, or within your household or bubble.
- You must not leave your home or be outside your home, except for specific purposes which include exercise.
- You are allowed to leave your home to exercise outdoors. You should stay as local as possible, but can travel out of your local area if necessary (for example, to access an open space). If you need to travel, you should walk or cycle where possible, and follow guidance on safe travel.
- You can exercise outdoors in a public place alone, with the people you live with (or your support bubble or childcare bubble) or with 1 person from another household. Children under 5, and up to two carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care are not counted towards the gatherings limit of two people meeting outside. This means, for example, that a parent with a baby can still go for a walk with a friend.
- There is no restriction on the type of activity you can do when exercising, provided that you are within the permitted gathering limits outlined above. You should maintain social distance when exercising with anybody who you do not live with, unless they are in your support bubble, and you are advised to avoid any activity which requires close contact. You cannot exercise with or meet someone you do not live with (or from your support bubble) in a private garden. Sports facilities will also be closed.
- There is no limit on the amount of individual exercise you can do, but you should act responsibly and limit transmission risk wherever possible.
Sport facilities will close, but you can exercise in public outdoor spaces.
- Sport and leisure facilities, such as leisure centres, swimming pools, gyms and sport clubs, will have to close during the national restrictions. This applies to both indoor and outdoor facilities.
- This includes, but is not limited to, sport facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, climbing walls and climbing centres, and archery and shooting ranges.
- You can visit outdoor public places in order to exercise, including parks, beaches, the countryside and public gardens. Personal trainers and sports coaches should only provide training in public outdoor spaces, such as parks. They should not provide any training in private homes or gardens, and in line with gatherings rules should only provide 1:1 training.
- Personal trainers and sports coaches should take care to maintain social distancing when providing training.
This guidance applies to children and adults.
- Schools and further education colleges remain open and children can participate in PE and sport where it is part of the curriculum or part of the core timetable of the school. Sporting and physical activity is also permitted as part of other supervised activities for children (such as wraparound care), where it is necessary to enable their parents or carers to work, seek work, attend education or training, or for respite care.
- Most organised children’s sport outside school activity will have to cease, but there are some allowances for childcare. Parents should continue to use these childcare facilities where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, seek work, attend training or education, or for respite care.
- Universities can also continue to provide curriculum sport, but this does not extend to extra-curricular sport such as sport clubs or societies, including playing for a university team, and there should be no inter-mural sporting fixtures or competitions.
This guidance applies during the period of national restrictions, until Wednesday 2 December.