COVID-19 Protection Level: 4
Socialising (different rules apply for children, further guidance will be issued shortly)
- no in-home socialising
- 6/2 outdoors and in public places i.e. max 6 people from 2 households
Hospitality (food and drink)
Hospitality (alcohol on sale outdoors)
Hospitality (alcohol on sale indoors)
Hospitality (food for consumption on premises)
- closed (hotel exception)
- takeaways permitted for alcohol and food as per existing arrangements
Accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites)
- essential only, for example work-related (no tourism)
- no non-essential travel into or out of the level 4 area. If necessary, limits on travel distance, or a requirement to stay at home
- exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; and transit through restricted areas
- international quarantine regulations apply
- active travel (walk, run, cycle, wheel) where possible
- avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible
- no use of public transport, except for essential purposes.
- face coverings compulsory
- close non-essential retail (click and collect permitted)
Close contact services (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, tailors and beauticians)
- mobile close contact services not permitted
Public buildings – e.g. libraries
Stadia and events
- not permitted / closed to spectators
- open with restricted numbers (20 people)
Life events (weddings, and civil partnerships, funerals) ceremonies and receptions/wakes
- weddings/civil partnerships – maximum 5 people (6 where interpreter permitted)
- funerals – 20 person limit
- no receptions. Wakes permitted subject to 20 person limit
Early learning and childcare (ELC)(formal childcare)
- open, subject to targeted intervention which may impact on capacity
- essential worker informal childcare only, In line with household/numbers restrictions, children only may enter other households
- open, with enhanced and targeted protective measures
- restricted blended
- restricted blended
- not permitted
Sports and exercise
- (indoor) gyms closed
- outdoor non-contact sports only (professional permitted)
Leisure and entertainment
Public services (health following NHS remobilisation plan)
- essential face-to-face services only (online where possible)
Unregulated (children’s) activities (including youth clubs, children’s groups)
- indoor activities not permitted
Support services (mental health, counselling, day services, respite care)
- essential only/online where possible
Offices and call centres
- essential only/working from home
- essential workplaces
- outdoor workplaces
This is advice, consider which level of protection is right for you.
All levels: we will not ask you to distance from people within your own homes or to stop taking outdoor exercise.
Level 4 shielding
- contact with others: contact with people outside your own household if you can. You should not take public transport.
- shopping: Strictly follow the guidelines when shopping and limiting the number of times you go to a shop. Shop at quieter times.
- if you cannot work from home: The Chief Medical Officer will issue an automatic two week fit note to give people on the shielding list protection while they speak to their GP or consultant and get a personal fit note if necessary.
- school/formal childcare: children on the shielding list should not attend in person.