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What England’s new national lockdown rules mean for you

All non-essential shops, entertainment outlets and hotels must shutter nationwide, as the Government has levied the previous Tier 4 rules related to these categories on the whole country.

Supermarkets, chemists, garden centres and builders’ merchants may remain open; all other shops and market stalls must close.

Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums, galleries, casinos, bowling alleys and funfairs cannot open. Hairdressers, beauticians, nail and tanning salons, spas, and tattoo and piercing parlours must shut too.

Hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites are banned from housing guests, unless providing a roof to people who cannot go home, are enrolled in a homeless support scheme, or need accommodation for work purposes.

Read more: What are the rules for non-essential shops?

All restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and social clubs are banned from opening their doors to customers. Alcohol may no longer be sold as a takeaway in a tightening of previous Tier 4 rules. However, food and soft drinks can still be provided via takeaway, click-and-collect, and delivery services until 11pm.

Concerns had arisen on Whitehall that people were buying takeaway alcoholic beverages and then consuming them directly outside hospitality venues, leading to crowds building up.

Read more: What are the five levels of Covid alert in the UK?

Only essential journeys overseas are permitted, such as for work.

Pre-departure testing of travellers inbound to the UK is to be introduced within days by ministers as part of a potential toughening of border controls to combat the spread of Covid.

All passengers excluding hauliers will have to show they had been tested negative Covid up to 72 hours before arrival at a UK airport or port under the proposals.

The move mirrors regimes already operated by countries across the EU like Spain and France which require negative PCR test certificates.

The measures would be on top of the current quarantine restrictions that require any arrival from a country without a travel corridor to quarantine for 10 days, an isolation period that can be halved if the passenger pays for a private test on the fifth day.

It is understood Boris Johnson has asked transport and home office ministers and officials to review whether border controls need to be tightened further.
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People may still form a childcare bubble, through which they can provide or receive childcare from one other household if they live with a child under 14.

Support bubbles also remain permissible. A person is eligible to form a support bubble if they live alone, if their household includes a child under the age of one, or if they are a single adult living with one or more children under the age of 18.

A support bubble may include a maximum of two households and should be “fixed”; people are advised against switching between different bubbles. Read from source….