UK-England lockdown: What you can and can’t do from November 5

England will enter a second national lockdown from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, in an attempt to curb rapidly rising coronavirus cases.

The measures were announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on Saturday and will see schools, non-essential shops and hospitality venues close.

People will be advised to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to go out, such as for work, education, healthcare, or to buy essential items.

Here is a summary of what you can and can’t do during the lockdown:

**What you can do**

* Go to work if you cannot work from home.

* Attend school or university.

* Go to the doctor, dentist or other medical appointments.

* Care for a vulnerable person.

* Shop for essential items, such as food and medicine.

* Exercise outdoors with your household or one other person.

* Meet one other person from a different household in a public outdoor space.

* Attend a wedding or funeral (with a limited number of guests).

* Travel for essential reasons, such as work or to care for a vulnerable person

**What you can’t do**

* Leave your home without a reasonable excuse.

* Visit other people’s homes, except for essential reasons.

* Go to pubs, restaurants, cafes, or other hospitality venues.

* Go to non-essential shops.

* Attend large gatherings, such as concerts or sporting events.

* Travel abroad, except for essential reasons

The government has said that the lockdown will be reviewed after four weeks. If the number of cases has not fallen significantly by then, the lockdown could be extended.

**What about Christmas?**

The government has said that it is too early to say what restrictions will be in place over Christmas. However, it has said that it is committed to ensuring that families can spend time together over the festive period.

**What about financial support?**

The government has announced a number of financial support measures to help businesses and individuals during the lockdown. These include:

* A furlough scheme, which will pay 80% of the wages of employees who are unable to work.

* A self-employment income support scheme.

* A £1 billion hardship fund for businesses.

* A £30 million fund for local authorities to help with the costs of the lockdown

The government has also said that it will provide additional support for vulnerable people, such as the elderly and those with disabilities.

**What about enforcement?**

The police will be responsible for enforcing the lockdown. People who break the rules could be fined or even arrested.

The government has said that it is important for everyone to follow the rules in order to help stop the spread of the virus and protect the NHS.

**Further information**

For more information on the lockdown, please visit the government website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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