Second national lockdown for England starts on Thursday

Released on 3 November 2020

South Staffordshire council news

A second national lockdown for England starts on Thursday 5 November 2020 and information on the new national restrictions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December 2020, when it is hoped that the country will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data. Until Thursday 5 November 2020, the High Tier 2 Alert level measures will continue to apply in Staffordshire.  

During the national lockdown, pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will have to close but unlike the restrictions in spring, schools, colleges and universities can stay open. Everyone must stay at home and may only leave for a limited set of reasons and there will be a ban on meeting anyone from outside your household indoors unless they are part of a support bubble.  

Parliament is set to vote on the measures on Wednesday 4 November 2020.  

Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, Leader of South Staffordshire Council, said, “It's disappointing that the country has to go into lockdown again but like a lot of the country we have seen a rapid rise in the number of coronavirus cases over the last few weeks in South Staffordshire.  

“This is a challenging time, but this lockdown is necessary to help save lives and stop the spread of coronavirus. Everyone has a part to play and we need to follow the new lockdown rules and continue to wear face coverings where required, wash our hands regularly, practise safe social distancing, get tested if we have symptoms and self-isolate when needed.  

“These restrictions are going to be difficult. Once again, people are facing lockdown restrictions and being asked to stay at home and some of our businesses are having to close.  As a Council, we remain committed to protecting the health of our district and we will continue to deliver important public services and support residents, businesses and communities.  

“Bin collections will continue to take place and our Street Scene team will carry on with their street cleansing and grounds maintenance work and looking after the green spaces in the district. Baggeridge Country Park and the Council's two cemeteries - Sytch Lane Cemetery in Wombourne and Strawberry Lane Cemetery in Great Wyrley - will remain open but unfortunately, our four Leisure Centres will have to close.  

“My thanks go out to everyone in our local community for what you are doing to keep South Staffordshire safe and for those in our NHS and working in social care. By working together and taking care of each other we will get through this."  

Under the new lockdown restrictions, everyone must stay at home and must not meet socially indoors or in private gardens with family or friends unless they are part of their household or support bubble. Clinically vulnerable people are asked to be especially careful but people are not being asked to resume shielding (guidance for clinically vulnerable) and children can move between homes if their parents are separated.  

You may only leave your home for a limited set of reasons.

  • For work which cannot be done from home.
  • For education.
  • For exercise outdoors or to visit an outdoor public place. This can be on your own or with members of your household or support bubble. Individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place. Children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside. Outdoor public places include parks, beaches, countryside, public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments and playgrounds.
  • For medical reasons.
  • To shop for food and essentials.
  • To visit members of your support bubble or to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.  

Businesses and venues that must close include:

  • All non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens.
  • Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs. However, they can still provide takeaway and delivery services although takeaway of alcohol is not be allowed.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

Businesses that can remain open include food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services. Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect shopping. Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open and hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes. A number of public services will also stay open including the NHS and medical services like GPs, Jobcentre Plus sites, Courts and Civil Registrations Offices  

Places of worship will be closed, unless they are being used for funerals, to broadcast acts of worship, individual prayer, formal childcare or where part of a school, essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks, and some other exempted activities. Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people and ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.  

For the latest updates about council services, guidance and support, visit: www.sstaffs.gov.uk or sign up to receive regular eAlert updates at https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/myaccount  


Contact details

For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Council Offices,
Wolverhampton Road,
Codsall,
South Staffordshire,
WV8 1PX

Tel: 01902 696000

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