Shropshire Council

National lockdown

05 January 2021 Last updated at 03:11
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The government announced a national lockdown on the evening of 4 January 2021. It comes into force immediately and includes the closure of all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.

Under the new lockdown measures primary schools, secondary schools and colleges will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until at least February half term. Early years settings such as nurseries will remain open. Higher education provision will remain online until at least mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.

The new restrictions will mean that everyone must stay at home and may leave only for one of a limited set of reasons. These include:

  • Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you can't reasonably do so from home
  • 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
  • Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you're legally permitted to form one
  • Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • Attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Other measures include:

  • Restaurants can continue to offer delivery for food
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable people must shield
  • Outdoor sports venues – such as golf courses, tennis courts and outside gyms – must close
  • Amateur team sports are not allowed, but elite sport such can continue

Further details about the lockdown measures can be found on the Gov.UK website.

This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There's additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. If you're clinically extremely vulnerable you should not attend work, school, college or university, and limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.

Support in Shropshire

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you're self-isolating) call our Covid-19 helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open at the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or take a look at the other pages elsewhere in this Coronavirus section of our website.

'Step Up' and help us stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Stay at home
  • Work from home if you can
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Don't leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • Wear a face covering in indoor settings (food shops, workplaces) where social distancing may be more difficult, and where you may come close to people who aren't part of your household or bubble
  • Anyone who has any symptoms should book a test and not leave home for at least ten days. Those living in households should self-isolate for ten days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test
  • This in addition to the symptomatic testing that is already available for those displaying Covid-19 symptoms at venues across the county. If you have symptoms, book a test by calling 119 or online

Take a look at our press release in response to the lockdown announcement.

Further information about coronavirus can be found on the Gov.UK and NHS websites.