The following new measures will be voted on by Parliament on Wednesday 4th December and, if passed, will come into force from Thursday 5th November.

Stay at Home

The public must stay at home, and may only leave home for limited reasons, including: education; work or volunteering, if it is impossible to do this from home; exercise and recreation outdoors; medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm; provision of care for a child – including informal childcare – or vulnerable person. There is no exemption for staying away from home on holiday – so people cannot do so in this country or elsewhere – but people can stay away for work where necessary.

Business Closures

Non-essential shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, leisure and entertainment venues will all be closed – but will be able to provide takeaway. Essential shops will stay open: there is no need for people to stock up. Construction and manufacturing industries should stay open where people cannot work from home.

Lone Adults

Support bubbles can still be formed, and children can still move between homes if their parents are separated.

Vulnerable Persons

Advised to follow rules especially carefully, to minimise their contacts with others, and not to go to work if they are unable to work from home. There is no repeat of the shielding programme.

Time Limit

The measures will run until 2 December when the regional Tiering system will come back into effect.

Education & Healthcare Open

Schools, colleges and universities will remain open. This includes early years settings. NHS appointments should still continue.

Furloughing Scheme & Support for Businesses

Extended for November with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. Premises forced to close can receive grants up to £3,000 per month in England. £1.1bn will also be provided to local authorities to enable them to support businesses.

Support Redditch Response

In response to the November lockdown Support Redditch will:

  • Continue to deliver food parcels to vulnerable families across Redditch, noting that more people may now become eligible as a result of the impact of COVID-19
  • Increase capacity to deliver more food parcels as necessary, in line with demand.
  • Extend our telephone and email support channels
  • Accelerate our hot meal service plans