Last night’s (4 January) Government decision to place England in lockdown, level 5 on the COVID-19 alert system, is based on the latest available coronavirus data, the rapid rise in case rates due to the new mutant strain of the virus and is in line with the measures set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan.
This means that all residents in Northamptonshire and across England are officially being told to ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.’
With each level of the alert system comes tighter local restrictions and guidance. The national lockdown restrictions are now in place until further review.
Under the national lockdown restrictions, the Government is ordering everyone to stay at home. You may only leave the house for limited reasons permitted in law, such as:
- To shop for essentials
- To work, if you absolutely cannot work from home
- To exercise once a day
- To seek medical assistance, for example to get a COVID-19 test
- Or to escape domestic abuse