National COVID-19 restrictions
From Thursday 5 November, national restrictions will be in place across England to help stop the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases.
These measures will apply to all of Staffordshire from Thursday 5 November and will be in place for a minimum of four weeks.
By following the new rules, everyone can do their bit to protect family and friends, stop the spread of infection and reduce case numbers. This will help lift these restrictions as soon as possible in December, reopen businesses and safeguard jobs.
The new national restrictions mean:
- You must stay at home and only leave for specific purposes such as to exercise or for essential shopping and medical appointments
- You must work from home if you can do so, even if your place of work remains open.
- You must not meet socially with family and friends indoors unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
- You can visit outdoor places with people you live with or one person from another household
- You must avoid travelling in or out of your local area except for specific reasons such as work where this cannot be done from home, medical appointments or caring responsibilities.
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are not permitted to take place. Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, though it is advised that only close friends and family attend.
- Businesses providing non-essential retail or services will have to close
- Schools, colleges and universities will remain open with Covid-secure restrictions in place
- Places of Worship will close except for funerals, individual prayer and essential voluntary and public services
Full details and guidance can be found on the Government website.
Further guidance on what the new restrictions mean for Staffordshire people, businesses and those who are more at risk from coronavirus can be found on our FAQs page.