England has now entered another national lockdown.
It’s the third time national measures have been imposed by Boris Johnson in 10 months.
It comes after an alarming rise in cases due to the superspreading variant.
On December 31, Greater Manchester was previously placed into Tier 4 of England’s four-tier lockdown system set out by the government.
Now, residents must stay at home and only leave the house under certain exceptions.
Schools have been closed, as have non-essential businesses.
Failure to comply with the lockdown rules could result in fines of up to £10,000.
What are the latest lockdown rules in Stockport?
The main points are:
- You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’ which will be implemented into law.
- You should minimise time spent outside your home. It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure, such as a picnic. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place with one person from another household but you must stay 2m apart.
There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household, childcare or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes.
If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.
You can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home.
You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so.
Shielding has also been reintroduced. People who are clinically vulnerable and who were previously told to shield should stay at home and only leave for medical appointments and exercise.
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to six people in attendance.
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to six people but should only take place in exceptional circumstances.
A number of businesses must close: non-essential retail, hospitality venues, accommodation, leisure and sports facilities, entertainment venues, animal attractions, indoor attractions, personal care facilities, community centres and halls, outdoor sports venues. There are exceptions to these.
Essential businesses can remain open, along with essential public services such as dentists.
For more information on the rules, you can head to the government website here.