National restrictions will remain in place until Wednesday 2 December

From 2 December, Warrington will become a tier 2 ‘high alert’ level area. More information can be viewed on the government's website.

More information about the current restrictions can also be viewed on the government's website.

England is currently subject to national restrictions

  • You must stay at home wherever possible, except for specific purposes such as work, shopping for essential items, education and childcare, providing care, medical reasons, compassionate visits or to attend events, such as individual prayer worship and funerals
  • You must avoid meeting people you don't live with, unless you have formed a household support or childcare bubble
  • You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with people you live with, your support bubble or, when on your own, with one person from another household (children under five as well as children receiving round-the-clock care do not count towards the limit)
  • Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can continue with up to 15 people in attendance
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted unless in exceptional circumstances where one of those getting marries is seriously ill and not expected to recover
  • Schools, college and universities are to remain open, as will early years settings and childminders
  • If you live in England, you cannot travel overseas or within the UK unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons

    What the restrictions mean for businesses

    Certain businesses and venues must close. This includes:

    • 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
    • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, concert halls, zoos, and other animal attractions
    • Personal care facilities such as hairdressers, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons

    There are a number of businesses and places that are permitted to remain open for certain activities, such as education and training, childcare purposes, blood donation, food banks, to provide medical treatment, for training and rehearsal without an audience, for elite sports and for professional filming.

    There are also a number of businesses that will remain open in line with COVID-secure guidelines, including:

    • essential retail, such as food shops and supermarkets
    • petrol stations, car repair and MOT services, taxi and vehicle hire services
    • banks, building societies, post offices and loan providers
    • funeral directors
    • launderettes and dry cleaners
    • vets and pet shops
    • storage facilities
    • car parks, public toilets and motorway services

    Don't forget the basics

    • Maintain excellent hand hygiene – wash or sanitise your hands regularly
    • Keep your distance – try and keep two metres away from people outside your household, or household support bubble, at all times
    • Wear a face covering where appropriate, unless exempt on health grounds, including on public transport and in shops