What are the rules for our area?

This information was updated on 4 January at 21:45 GMT.


  • Your area is under a national lockdown.

Your local authority website has full details of the restrictions which apply to you.

 Meeting friends and family

  • You must not leave or be outside your home except where necessary.
  • You may only leave the home for a limited number of reasons – including shopping for necessities, going to work (if you cannot do so from home), seeking medical assistance, or avoiding domestic abuse.
  • If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.
  • You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with.
  • You may exercise outdoors on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once a day, and you should stay in your local area.
  • You should stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household, or one metre with precautions (such as a face covering).
  • Some support groups can continue with up to 15 participants – but they must not take place in a private home.
  • The police can fine you up to £10,000 for taking part in illegal gatherings.

 Going to work

  • You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home.
  • If your job involves working in other people’s homes – for instance, as a cleaner, a tradesman or a childminder – you can continue to do so.

 Schools and nurseries

  • Primary schools, secondary schools and colleges will closed to most pupils until February half-term, although they will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
  • Nurseries and childminders can carry on operating.
  • Only a limited number of students will return to university or college for face-to-face teaching before mid-February. These include those studying medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, teacher-training, or social work.

 Leisure time

  • Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes are closed. Delivery and takeaway of food and non-alcoholic drinks can continue until 23:00 each evening.
  • Alcoholic drinks can continue to be delivered but can no longer be sold as takeaway from pubs or bars.
  • Indoor gyms and sports facilities remain closed.
  • Outdoor facilities, including gyms, tennis courts and lidos must also close.
  • Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue
  • All indoor entertainment venues including theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, are closed.
  • Outdoor playgrounds may stay open.
  • Animal attractions such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves must close.
  • Hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for a limited number of reasons – for instance, where guests are unable to return to their main home, or would otherwise be made homeless as a result of the accommodation closing.


  • All non-essential shops must close, although they may operate click-and-collect and delivery services.
  • Close contact services, such as hairdressing, tanning, nail and beauty salons must close, along with tattoo parlours, spas, and massage parlours – these services should not be provided in other people’s homes.
  • Shops that can remain open include supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and off-licences.
  • Petrol stations, automatic car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops and taxi firms may remain open.
  • Moving house will still be allowed, and you will still be able to view properties, while following Covid guidelines.


  • Places of worship remain open for communal services.
  • Funerals can take place with a maximum of 30 people – wakes or other ceremonial events are allowed with a maximum of six people.
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can only take place in exceptional circumstances (for example, where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover) and only six people can attend.
  • You are not allowed to travel abroad, unless for exceptional reasons.
  • Visits to care homes can take place with social distancing arrangements in place. Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed.

The rules highlighted in the search tool are a selection of the key government restrictions in place in your area.

Always check your relevant national and local authority website for more information on the situation where you live. Also check local guidance before travelling to others parts of the UK.

All the guidance in our search look-up comes from national government websites.

BBC 4th January 2021


4th January 2021 22:00.