NFDC New Coronavirus Lockdown

New coronavirus lockdown just announced

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has this evening announced tougher coronavirus restrictions in England from tonight (one-minute past midnight on 5 January 2021).

The new set of lockdown restrictions for England has been introduced to stop the current fast spread of coronavirus which has reached a record high.

The increasing pressure on the NHS means healthcare services are at risk of being overwhelmed.

You may now only leave home for limited reasons such as to shop for essentials, to work if you absolutely cannot work from home, to seek medical assistance such as getting a COVID test, or to escape domestic abuse.

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

Keeping to the lockdown restrictions, as well as reducing your social contact and continuing to follow hands – face – space, will save lives.

Stay home – protect the NHS – save lives

You must stay at home except for:

·         shopping for necessities for yourself or a vulnerable person·         going to work if you cannot work from home·         exercising locally once a day, alone, with your household or support bubble, or with one other person·         meeting your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary·         seeking medical assistance, or to avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)

Primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges across England will close and move to remote provision from tomorrow, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

Full lockdown restrictions and updates will be added to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and a summary is now available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae

Council services

We are reviewing what this latest announcement means for our services.

·         Health and leisure centres are closed https://leisure.newforest.gov.uk/·         Information offices at Lyndhurst, Lymington, Fawley, New Milton, Hythe and Ringwood are closed https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1163/Information-offices·         Parking clocks (season tickets) can be bought on our website – they will be posted to the address supplied and should be received within five working days https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1388/Pay-for-parking·         Building control are continuing with external inspections (where access through a property is not required) and other inspections will be risk assessed to ensure the surveyors and the homeowners are not put at any risk.

Essential services, like waste collections, benefit payments and homelessness support continue, but please see https://newforest.gov.uk/coronavirus for any updates
and https://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/1162/Contact-us for how to get in touch.

Keep up to date at:

·         Website: https://newforest.gov.uk/coronavirus·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newforestgov·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/newforestdc

Hampshire helpline 0333 370 4000 – for advice and support if coronavirus has had an impact on you or any aspect of your life.