Can I visit my family in one of the lockdown areas?
If you are in a Tier 2, or high alert, area, then you cannot meet other households in any indoor setting. However, you can meet other households outdoors and in private gardens providing that the rule of six is followed.
People living in the Tier 3 lockdown zones must not meet anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The “Rule of Six” applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
Should I shield?
Millions of people who shielded during the first lockdown will not be told to stay home this time, as health officials admit policy caused “harm” and “left people feeling imprisoned”.
But more than two million people who are considered “clinically extremely vulnerable” will be told to take practical steps to reduce exposure to the virus – such as only meeting others outdoors if possible.
I’m a single parent. What about childcare?
Single parents with children who were under the age of 18 on June 12, 2020, and people who are living alone are allowed to form an alliance with one other household of any size, as long as nobody is shielding. This is called a “childcare bubble”.
Someone in one household can provide informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household.
Government guidance states that each childcare bubble must always be between the same two households.
This can include people in your support bubble and registered childcare providers, such as nannies, and people in your childcare bubble.